Generators can be a real lifesaver to have in the home and are fast becoming popular across the world. Available in both portable versions and static, they act as an urgent backup power supply, but if they are used improperly, they can be dangerous, too. It’s worth having a read of all the reasons why having a generator in your home is super handy, yet how to properly use them. Carbon monoxide scares and electrocution hazards can be caused if you don’t know what you’re doing.
Let’s take a look at generator use at home, and some of the most important things to keep in mind. After all, with so many generators for sale, there’s a lot of choices and equally as large uses.
1. Great use of backup power for your house
Depending on where in the world you live, it will help determine how critical having a home backup power supply is for you. For example, having electric generators can be a critical and lifesaving source for those of you who live in rural areas.
There is nothing worse than being the victim of a power cut, and with some of the serious storms and weather conditions we can get, these can happen often in the winter. Although people nowadays rely on their mobile phones to contact people for assistance in the event of a power outage, having an electric generator will help you to get back up and running straight away, while the problem is being solved.
2. Outdoor catering facilities
You may have a lot of land around your home or are prone to throwing the occasional outdoor party or event. I mean, it’s not unusual these days to see large family homes acting as wedding venues and other large outdoor catering events. However, these require generators in order to power up any electric ovens, extractor fans, freezers and fridges, lights, music and other essential applications.
3. Standby power for businesses
If you work from home or rent an office space, you have to sometimes think of what the outcome would be if you suddenly lost all power. Work can’t always wait, right?
Regardless of the size of your business, we recommend investing in an electric generator to keep your business up and running in the event of a power cut. Electric generators will help to backup your important files in cases of an unpredicted power outage. It’s not worth the risk of losing important files or damaging hardware. Plus, that’s not even touching on providing heating for yourself and your staff.
4. Caravans/Camping use in remote locations
Although this isn’t one directly aimed at your own home, camping or caravan holiday trips are quite common amongst families, especially in the warmer seasons. The beauty of smaller, portable, electric generators is they act as an ideal power source for camping and caravan trips. They easily provide backup power to electric stoves and will even power small to medium appliances such as microwaves, hair dryers, mobile phones, showers and even air conditioning. They also then come in use for powering up extras you may require to make your holiday more fun, such as music devices.
5. Never operate a generator in or too close to your house
Whilst using a generator in your home can act as a lifesaver, it’s important to be using it correctly. Or else you’ll find yourself with bigger problems on your hands!
Generator manufacturers warn you religiously about the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning. But it’s common for people to misuse home use generators, and people can sadly die from running their generators in their garage or too close to their house. The manufacturers don’t say it lightly – it’s an extremely important warning. You can’t run your generator in your garage, even with the door open!
We totally agree that yes, it’s a pain to move the generator away from the house and run them from longer extension cords. Sometimes, you will have to stand in horrid weather outfit getting one up and running. But it’s the only safe way to get these working, so please do follow these rules.
6. Let the generator cool down before refilling
Generator fuel tanks are mainly on top of the engine so they can feed the gas through to the carburettor. But that setup can quickly turn into a disaster if you spill gas when refuelling a hot generator.
Spilling gas is especially easy if you refill at night without a flashlight. It’s easy to do but can be extremely messy and dangerous. So always remember to let your generator cool down before refilling.
7. Prevent theft
Those of you who have purchased a generator or are currently researching into them will know just how expensive they can be (depending on size and model). The only thing worse than the rumbling sound of a gas engine outside your bedroom window is the sound of silence after someone steals your expensive generator. They are in-demand items, so if thieves can see them and they look easy to steal, they’ll give it a good go.
If you can, try to chain and lock your generator to anything you can (within in reason – safety first) so that it is secure and almost impossible to move. A lot of people look at ground anchors, which are available in most hardware sections of home stores.
Overall, remember the benefits you will get out of having a generator at home, and work with it to the rule of ‘safety first’. Generators are super handy to have and a real asset to your home for many reasons, so make sure you look after them and use properly.