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Tips For Generator Use in The Winter

Wednesday, November 18, 2020
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Get ready Michiganders! With the cold winter months settling in, keeping your home warm is a top priority. Winter months can bring with them threats of winter storms, and in the case of an emergency where a power outage occurs, the first thing people do is get their generator running. High winds can shut down power, inhibit travel, and make it more likely that people will be stranded in the snow and cold.

Because of these winter risks, it’s important to prepare your home with a stationary generator. Stationary generators are designed to always be connected to a fuel source, so in the case of a power outage, you can have peace of mind. Backup generators automatically protect your home when the power goes out. If you live somewhere the temperature falls below 40 degrees F, you need to prepare your generator for the cold.

Proper air flow keeps your generator from overheating and allows it to supply the unit with the air it needs to operate. During the fall, you should remove all the leaves and debris from around your generator. When snow, sleet or ice buildup, the air intake ports my not have the airflow necessary for the generator to function properly.

Getting into the habit of checking for these things can help give you the reassurance you need during the winter months knowing you won’t be out of power and heat.

  • When it snows, try not to let the snow build up on top of your generator. Even though they are designed to stay outdoors for the longevity of their use, extra weight in extra cold temperatures could lead to damage.
  • Make sure your generator starts up properly by running tests to see how it operates. Doing this before the cold strikes can save you time, money, and stress. Just like letting your car run for a few minutes in the cold, we recommend the same for your generator!
  • Keep a clear pathway to your generator in the snow to easily troubleshoot your generator in the event of a winter storm that leaves you without power.
  • Keep the path from your generator to its inlet plug on the exterior of your home clear.
  • Buy a cold weather kit. A cold weather kit can help your generator run more efficiently during the winter months. These generally include controlled battery warmers, crank case heaters and oil.

While there is usually no reason to worry your generator won’t run properly when it’s supposed to, following the necessary steps to ensure proper function of your generator can save you a lot of time and stress. Be prepared this winter!

If you have any questions about generators and what maintenance these machines might need, don’t hesitate to ask one of our trained electricians all there is to know about generator installations. We will walk you through step-by-step to ensure you understand the importance of these very powerful machines and why you might need one!

Contact Lakepointe Electric for Emergency Electric Repair, Outdoor Lighting & More!

With over 20 years of experience, the experts here at Lakepointe Electric are trained to provide the best home lighting expertise in the area. From installing recessed lighting to generator system repairs, you can trust us to equip your home with the best lighting solutions.

Here at Lakepointe Electric, we are currently offering financing on all our new home generators for as low as $99/month! If you’re thinking about owning a generator, now is the time to buy! Terms and conditions apply with approved credit on all our generators. We feature brands like Generac generators and Briggs and Stratton generators.

For more information about landscape wiring, HVAC wiring, pool wiring or hot tub wiring, electrical safety tips, call Lakepointe Electric at (586) 204-8121, or reach out to us through the contact form on our website to find an electrician. You can trust us for help with all your DIY electrical work as the best residential electricians near Macomb County.