This time last year, more than 51,000 Dayton residents were left in the dark after a chilly ice storm swept across Ohio. In the Cincinnati area, that number was nearly double.
You can do everything possible to get your home prepared for the winter by checking for air leaks in windows and doors, preventing pipes from freezing and scheduling a maintenance check on your furnace, but the best possible way to ensure you’re not left in the dark and without heat or A/C is by installing a whole-house generator.
Also known as a standby generator, this powerful machine will kick on during a blackout – whether caused by a violent storm or simply equipment failure.
Do I Need a Whole-House Generator?
Generators are an investment, so it’s important to know if your house really needs a generator or not. Ask yourself these two questions:
- Does our area experience a blackout more than three times a year?
- When we have a blackout, does it last several hours?
If you answered “yes,” then you might consider investing in a whole-house generator.
How to Choose a Whole-House Generator
Generators are powered by either gas or liquid propane and are sized based on kilowatts. A trained technician from Drake Heating & Air can recommend the right size to provide emergency power to either your entire home or a “partial house” generator powering the most essential electrical circuits such as your furnace, water heater, kitchen appliances, garage door, etc.
Maintaining a generator will require frequent checks of the engine oil if it’s running daily, and after 10 days of running constantly the oil and filter should be changed by a professional.
Generator Repair in the Dayton Area
Drake’s team of experts has more than 25 years of experience in the field. If your existing generator needs maintenance, turn to Drake Heating & Air for generator repairs in the Dayton area. Call us at (937) 472-0640 or contact us online.A History of Heating » « Fiction vs. Fact: The Pumpkin Spice-Scented HVAC System