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A Standby Generator for Northeast Ohio's Mercurial Weather: What to Consider

Posted by Paul Wadsworth on Mon, Jun 03, 2013 @ 04:34 PM

From strong thunderstorms and tornadoes in the warmer months to harsh ice and snow storms in the winter, the weather in northeast Ohio can knock out power supplies without warning for hours or even days. If your home or business cannot afford to be without electrical power for extended periods, a standby generator may be your best option.

Standby generators produce electricity to run your home when the main electrical power supply is out. These systems run on fossil fuels such as natural gas or propane.

The three main types of standby generators are:

  1. cleveland power outage generatorEssential circuit - This type of generator provides around 8 to 12 kilowatts of power and can produce enough energy to run necessary equipment, lights and appliances during the outage.
  2. Smart circuit - These mid-range generators commonly produce 12 to 20 kilowatts of power. With careful planning and rationing of power, along with rotating usage patterns, you can keep most of your home running with a smart circuit standby generator.
  3. Whole house - As the name suggests, whole-house generators produce enough power to keep your whole home or business functioning at normal levels indefinitely. Their output is usually between 20 and 48 kilowatts of energy. They're your best choice if you have equipment that cannot be put at risk of shutting off, such as medical devices, or if you work at home and must be able to continue with your job even if the rest of the neighborhood is without power.

Consider a standby generator an investment. They can be costly to purchase and maintain, but they can safely sustain you, your family and your business during periods when others are at risk.

Hire a professional installer to put in your standby generator. They require specialized installation procedures in order to operate correctly and safely.  Not only will the installation require electrical abilities, but you also need to make sure that the fuel requirements of the generator will be met.  This can require the skills of a good HVAC company or sometimes a plumber to verify.  Having all these skills addressed by one contractor can go a long way to a smooth, trouble free installation.

With more than 75 years in the home comfort business, P.K. Wadsworth Heating & Cooling provides top-quality HVAC service, maintenance and repair for customers in greater Cleveland and neighboring communities. Contact us today for more information on the many benefits of a standby generator or to schedule a professional installation at your convenience.


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Paul WadsworthPaul Wadsworth is the President and Owner of P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling. For 37 years, Paul has been providing heating and cooling services to the Greater Cleveland area. P.K. Wadsworth has been a trusted Cleveland HVAC service company for 75 years. The company understand the area's construction and local heating and air conditioning needs. Paul has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. He's been President of the Cleveland Air Conditioning Contractors of America and a founding member of the local chapter. Paul was born and raised in Cleveland and has been active in the local community. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two sons.

The opinions and statements contained in this article are for general informational purposes only and are not instructions. Only trained, licensed and experienced personnel should attempt installation/repair. The author assumes no liability for the opinions/statements made in this article. Any individual attempting a repair or installation based on this article does so at their own risk of loss.

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