Bristow Electrical

An emergency generator can be a valuable investment to ensure that you have a reliable source of electricity during power outages. Here are some considerations when selecting an emergency generator:

  1. Determine Your Power Needs: Make a list of the appliances and devices you will need to power during an outage. This will help you determine the size of the generator you need.
  2. Fuel Type: Generators can run on gasoline, diesel, propane, or natural gas. Consider which fuel is readily available in your area and which is the most cost-effective.
  3. Portability: Do you need a generator that can be easily moved or one that is permanently installed?
  4. Noise Level: Generators can be loud, so consider the noise level when selecting a model.
  5. Automatic Start: Some generators come with an automatic start feature that will start the generator when the power goes out. This can be especially helpful if you’re away when the outage occurs.
  6. Installation: If you’re installing a permanently installed generator, consider hiring a professional electrician to install it.
  7. Maintenance: Like any piece of machinery, generators require maintenance. Be sure to read the manufacturer’s recommendations for maintenance and be prepared to perform the necessary tasks.

Remember, when using a generator, always follow safety guidelines to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning and other hazards. Keep the generator at least 20 feet away from your home, and never operate it inside a closed space.