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Mar 02
2015

How To Ensure You Get The Best CT Residential Generator

By: Patti Dinneen

 

Power failures can be a real hassle—and downright dangerous—if you and your family are not prepared. Consider this: blackouts disable heating and air-conditioning systems, freezers, refrigerators, water pumps and lighting, so if a power outage lasts for any extended duration, your home can become quite uncomfortable. Without a generator to keep the heat running, water pipes may freeze and burst, the food in your freezer may thaw and spoil, or your sump pump may fail, flooding your basement. Any of these events can quickly become expensive for the average CT homeowner.

A backup emergency generator offers several advantages for CT residents:

  • Any interruption in power levels will automatically trigger the generator, and in just seconds, your home has all the electricity it needs to brave the storm. Also, your CT residential generator will keep working until the electricity is fully restored.
  • CT residential generators offer an affordable backup plan that guarantees continuous operation of your business regardless of what Mother Nature or the utility company may do.
  • It provides you with “peace of mind” knowing that your family will be safe and protected during any emergency.

What characteristics or specifications should I be looking for in a CT residential generator?

  • Local service – Unfortunately, many homeowners overlook this when they are searching for generators. Some online manufacturers can’t support their customers with service after the sale is finished. Luckily, Kinsley has an extensive service program, covering almost all of New England.
  • Warranty – For most products, warranty indicates quality. When you are searching for a Kohler generator, be sure to ask what the warranty covers. Does it cover parts, travel time, and labor? Some generator manufacturers only include parts and labor in their warranty.
  • Electronic voltage regulation is another indicator of a quality generator. The alternative to electronic voltage regulators - droop governors - can lead to voltage spikes, which can potentially damage electronic equipment. With electronic voltage regulation you get a variation of only +/- 2% in voltage fluctuation, meaning that your power will oftentimes be cleaner than it would coming from the local utility.
  • Direct drive vs. belt driven generators - Direct drive generators  feature a more reliable design, because they have fewer moving parts. Thus, direct drive generators are another sign of a quality system.
  • Reputation - Since you need your generator to protect you from unforeseen power outages, you will want to select a generator company that has a solid reputation for quality and thousands of hours of experience in the field.

How do I correctly size a generator for my home?

The most efficient and most simple way to determine your needs is to envision your home without power. What would your family miss or require during an extensive power outage. Remember that some outages will only be a few hours; however, some could last for days or weeks. Once you know what is essential for your home, contact us for a free home power needs assessment. If you are still unclear of how to size your generator, you can get started with this helpful link.

Kinsley Power Systems

Kinsley Power Systems has sold, serviced and rented emergency power systems throughout the Northeastern United States for nearly 50 years.  A repeat KOHLER Power Systems “Distributor of the Year,” Kinsley serves both residential and industrial generator markets with products ranging from 8.5kW residential systems to multiple megawatt commercial packages.

Kinsley is committed to providing 24/7 support in times crisis and can also custom-tailor preventive maintenance programs to ensure there are no disruptions in power.  With one of the largest fleets of rentals in the Northeast, Kinsley excels at expediting mobile power up to 2000kW and related equipment for emergency use, planned outages and prime power applications. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin.


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