In 2009, Superstorm Sandy hit the state of New Jersey with a vengeance. The storm caused over $22 billion dollars in damages just in the state of New Jersey. Those who were fortunate enough to have their homes spared by Superstorm Sandy had a whole other host of difficulties coping without power. After the storm, 2.6 million people were without power for at least two days with the average length of time being ten days.
Generators became a very popular New Jersey item that year and according to a report by Rutgers generator sales went up by nearly 85%. Now the residents of New Jersey are more aware of the potential danger that come with each hurricane season and for many residents, purchasing a generator has become one of the many necessary preparations.
Why do I Need a Backup Generator?
A home backup generator provides electricity to the home when the power goes out. A backup generator can run on kerosene, gasoline and other types of fuel. Home backup generators can keep your air conditioning, heating system, refrigerator, lights, and any other appliances you’ve come to rely on, up and running. Power outages can be unexpected and can leave your home and family without power for an unknown period of time.
How Does a Backup Generator Turn On?
A backup generator has a transfer switch that is connected to the generator on one side and your home’s main power source on the other side. When the power goes out the backup generator switches your home’s power source from the main power grid (your electric company) to your backup generator. The generator has a battery operated starting system that is activated when the main source of power is lost, allowing your backup generator to start.
Once the generator has been installed, the generator will automatically come online after your main power source is lost. If you are not comfortable hooking up the generator you can check with the supplier and see if they offer set up service.
To see more information on how a backup generator works, check out this video.
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