Yost & Campbell Heating, Cooling & Generators Blog : Archive for the ‘Generators’ Category

Don’t Entrust the Home to Portable Generators

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

generatorMany homeowners like to have a portable generator on hand. We understand the appeal: it’s nice knowing that there’s a backup energy source in the home. It’s small, easy to wheel around, portable, and powerful. They’re great to take on camping trips or for events where power is needed. We have no issue with portable generators being used in accordance with their capacity.

However, we can’t condone the use of portable generators for the home. It’s hard to resist thinking that a portable generator or two can be a convenient way to power up a home during an outage. But in truth, they’ll become a huge hassle if used that way. Below are a few reasons why it’s wiser to invest instead in a whole-house generator.

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Consider This Before Installing a Whole-House Generator

Monday, December 17th, 2018

whole-house-generator-installationAn automatic standby generators, also known as whole-house generators, are truly lifesavers when it comes to a disaster. They’ll keep homes and buildings running for days at a time until power returns.

Before investing in such a piece of equipment, though, it’s important to understand one’s own expectations of the system in order to purchase the right kind.

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Generator Maintenance Services Keep Households Ready

Monday, February 27th, 2017

Generators_iStock_000024890354_XXXLarge-meHome generators often see use in the winter, when blizzards and similar phenomenon can result in power outages throughout the Northeast. A generator keeps the lights on, as well as ensuring that vital appliances such as refrigerators and heaters stay functional in the midst of a crisis.

Unfortunately, such crises don’t limit themselves to the winter months, and while civic electrical grids remain eminently reliable, Mother Nature always has the final word in such matters. Standby generators require regular maintenance to function properly, and only trained professionals can do the job as expected. With winter drawing to a close, now is the perfect time to schedule a maintenance session for a standby generator, helping it get ready for spring.

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The Importance of Generator Placement

Monday, December 19th, 2016

No two homes in Larchmont, NY are quite alike, and the power needs for each home differ greatly. A large household with many family members, for example, has different needs than a smaller house with fewer lights and appliances. This plays a key role when purchasing a generator to keep the home powered in the event of a blackout. Just as importantly, it determines the best placement for a generator, which needs to be able to do its job regardless of the specifics of the home it serves. That’s why a trained expert can provide the strongest advice on the best location for a new generator. The specifics rely on five different factors:

  • Protection from the elements. Generators need to stay out of the snow and rain in order to function at their best. Furthermore, they need to be placed somewhere that the residents can reach safely, ideally without having to go outside.
  • Statutes and codes. Civic laws stipulate where a generator must be placed and the distance of possible hazards such as air conditioners or furnaces.
  • Power source. Generally speaking, a generator needs to stay as close to the electric meter and fuel supplies as possible. That makes it easier to operate and less prone to something going wrong.
  • Maintenance. The generator needs to be placed where a technician can easily reach it to perform periodic maintenance. Regular maintenance ensures that the generator always works on short notice.
  • Noise. Generators grow quieter with each successive generation, but they still generate quite a bit of noise. Ideally, they should be placed in a location where the sound of operation doesn’t disrupt the rest of the household.

Contact Yost & Campbell Heating, Cooling & Generators to discuss the best options for generator installation in your home, and to find the ideal location for it!

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The Benefits of an Automatic Standby Generator

Monday, October 17th, 2016

Winters in the Yonkers, NY area can be brutal and unforgiving, and while the civic electrical grid is built to handle a lot of stress, winter storms can knock the power out of even the most stalwart system. Prudent homeowners would do well to consider installing a back-up generator in their homes, to provide power for heat, light and refrigeration in the event of a crisis. Automatic stand-by generators, in particular, make a sensible choice, and can ensure that any household which uses them can aptly handle the transition in a crisis. They’re simply generators that are connected to the household’s power grid. When the power goes off, the generator automatically turns on to provide an essentially uninterrupted flow of electricity.

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What to Think about When Installing a Generator

Monday, July 25th, 2016

Residents of Yonkers, NY know all too well what kind of havoc Mother Nature can inflict. Our civic electrical system is very reliable, but that won’t always matter when the winds start to blow and the rain or snow comes pouring down. The best defense against such a development is the installation of an automatic standby generator in your home, which can kick in the moment the power goes out and keep your home safe and comfortable until regular power is restored. A trained service provider can help you select the right model and then install it for you. Here are a few basic factors to keep in mind when making your decision.

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