We recently talked about how often power cuts occur every single day across the UK. Ordinarily, power cuts wouldn’t cause much of an issue but in today’s modern age where we are so reliant on technology, during the winter season when outages are more common, they could lead to some serious problems.
Here at Hampshire Generators, we offer a wide range of diesel and petrol home backup generators to help circumvent the troubles that come with outages. But first, it’s important to ensure your backup generator is winter-ready – here’s a handy checklist of everything you’ll need to prepare.
How does a home backup generator work?
Having a home backup generator means that whenever a power cut occurs, your generator will immediately kick in to alleviate the outage. There is little to no input needed from the owner as the purpose of a backup generator is to automatically detect a power drop and get to work delivering backup power to the home so there is as little interference as possible. Once power is restored to the house the generator will stand down and await the next outage.
When is a home backup generator needed?
Households have been warned about the risk of electricity blackouts across Europe as temperatures continue to fall this winter. If the power were to go out and stay out for several days, you can say goodbye to all of your fridge and freezer’s contents. Not to mention that with the pandemic, many of us now work from home and an outage could prevent you from earning.
What do you need for your Home Backup Generator?
It is critical you stock a good supply of fuel to last you throughout the winter period, especially in case you end up stranded due to the weather and unable to get any more. Keep this emergency stockpile stored in a shed or garage that is well-ventilated and out of direct sunlight or any sources of heat.
That being said, if you have a pre-existing storage of fuel, make sure it has been replaced at least in the last year as you could end up doing damage to your generator if the fuel has sat idle for too long.
Maintaining your Home Backup Generator.
Due to the nature of only using backup generators when they are needed, you may find that the generator has an undiagnosed fault all too late! It’s essential that routine servicing is done to ensure your generator does not fail on you at a crucial moment when you need it most. The most common issues are; a low voltage battery, damp interfering with electrics, air in the fuel system, or hose failures.
When it comes to maintaining your home backup generator, regularly starting your generator will help you notice any signs of faults but Hampshire Generators are also on hand to take care of your generator servicing for any brand or age generator. During this visit, the team will carry out a full on-site inspection and service.
These generators come in various sizes with some strong enough to power your entire home and others that will just keep the lights on. It’s extremely important you are using a suitable generator that will meet the needs it will be filling. If you have it powering too many appliances within the home you run the risk of overloading the circuit and blowing a fuse. This would leave you in a terrible spot with still no electricity and no way of restoring power to your home until the generator is fixed.
In this instance, it’s important you are aware of the generators maximum output and understand how much the appliances you need to power will draw so you do not over exceed how much it can provide.