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Should I Buy a Back-up Generator

Posted on March 25, 2015 at 4:00 PM

Another record breaking New England winter is behind us, but thunderstorms and hurricans are on the horizon. When you consider that it took until the end of 2012 to restore about three quarters of the electricity in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, looking into the purchase of a back-up generator makes sense for residents and business owners.  Northern Automation and Electric is a authorized dealer for GE and Briggs and Stratton.  We usually get calls from area residents who are wondering if this is the right investment for them. Here are some common questions and their answers.

Q: Why should I invest in a backup generator?


A: Do you usually have a freezer full of food? Do you have a medical condition that requires you to use durable medical equipment, which relies on electricity? How about comfort; do you like to be warm or cool – depending on the season – even if there is foul weather? If you answered yes to any of these questions, a backup generator makes sense.

Q: Can it power all of my circuits?


A: Depending on the size of the backup generator you choose, you can power your whole house or just a few circuits. For example, if you do not worry about your hobby room and the garage, you can omit these circuits and purchase a smaller model. If you like the option of accessing and using each room to its fullest potential even when the grid is down, a whole-house 17KW model gets the job done.

Q: I travel a lot. How does a back up generator benefit me?


A: If you are away from home frequently, or if you maintain a summer residence,  a generator is actually the type of appliance that you should look into. Its mobile link feature allows you to remain in contact with the machine via a smartphone or computer. Wherever you have cellular service availability, you can check in on your generator to see if it is running, when it last ran and what the overall power situation looks like at your home.



There is a lot more to these backup generators than meets the eye. Technology has moved on significantly from the last time you probably looked into the purchase of one of these appliances. When you call Eric at Northern Automation and Electric, he will gladly discuss the latest in the lineup of generators, how one of these appliances may benefit you, and what model will most likely meet all of your needs.


Categories: Generator Sales and Service