House Decorated for ChristmasThe winter weather can be beautiful? -? gently falling white snow, sparkling in the sunlight, trees dusted with powdery white but it can also lead to some of the most inconvenient power outages, right when you most need your furnace working at its best. What happens at your house when your power goes out? Do you huddle in the cold and dark, wishing your toilet would flush, your lights would come on, your furnace would heat your home? Or do you rest easy, with the peace of mind that comes from knowing that no matter what the weather throws your way, your furnace, lights, and appliances will continue to work, and power outages will result in little to no impact on your day-to-day life and routine? Sound too good to be true? It can be your reality, when you take steps to ensure that you have backup generator power ready to go when you need it most!

There are many details you will want to consider when it comes to selecting, buying, and installing a generator? even something as basic as what type of generator you even need! There are two main types of backup generators available: automatic generators that run on natural gas and come on automatically when the power goes out, and manual backup generators that run on gasoline, these you will physically turn on yourself when you need them. An electrical professional (like the staff at A&M Engineering!) can help you determine the type of generator that will best suit your needs.

You will want to make sure that the model of generator you select will handle the electrical load you plan to use? ?for some, it’s important that the whole house runs exactly as it does when the power is on. Others prefer a smaller (and more cost-effective) generator that can handle just the essentials until power is restored. At A&M Engineering, we can help you make these decisions and to determine the appropriate wattage you will want in your backup generator solution. From a whole-house solution, to one that will run your key appliances (furnace, refrigerator, lights, tv, water pump, etc), we can take the guessing out of the equation and help you determine with accuracy the exact wattage you will need in a backup generator for your home and lifestyle.

As with all things electrical, remember that safety is key when it comes to a backup generator make sure you have an electrical professional wire your home to appropriately handle the electrical needs of your home and the generator. Also make sure that the generator is located in an open space outdoors that is well-ventilated to eliminate the risks that come from the generator’s exhaust, which contains carbon monoxide.

At A&M Engineering, we can help you with every step along the way? from selecting a generator type and model to the electrical wiring and ease-of-access you’ll need. There is no reason you have to sit in the cold, dark house when the power is out, get a backup generator installed today and never worry about a power outage again!