It seems as if Old Man Winter has the entire country in its icy grip this year, with no letup in sight. Wave after wave of ice storms, blizzards and freezing cold have battered the East Coast from New England to Atlanta, creating a record year of power outages, school closings, stranded commuters, trapped homeowners and overall gridlock in places that typically don’t experience this kind of severe winter weather. Being without electrical power in dangerously low temps and with impassable roads can be inconvenient, costly and even dangerous.
A good example of an advanced residential backup power system is the new Connect™ Series models from Cummins Power Generation. These models can withstand winds up to 150 mph and an automatic exercise function that ensures that the generators run when needed.Consult an authorized dealerInstalling a permanent backup generator is not a DIY project. A qualified and licensed professional should handle the installation, which includes fuel and electrical connections in addition to these other steps:
- Determining the right size and model of generator for the home
- Applying for necessary permits
- Installing the generator in a location that complies with applicable codes
- Taking care of regular preventive maintenance and service calls
- Answering questions and guiding the homeowner through the operation of the generator