Consumer Help, Permanent Generators, Standby Generators, Uncategorized
Halloween is the only night to create a sense of fun by turning off all the lights in the house! Generators that keep lights on guarantee your family stays safe and sound every day of the year.  

Generators that keep lights on is a basic requirement when buying a new generator. Narrowing down options on new generators can take weeks of searching the internet for information, comparing brands, and visiting big chain stores that sell generators. But after all this effort, do you really know what you are getting? Have you factored in the value of your time to become a self taught generator “expert”?

What about hidden costs, such as pouring the concrete pad to support a permanent generator mounted outside. How about the cost of hiring a licensed electrician to wire and connect the generator at your home or office? What about delivery fees for discount generators that come by freight? And, how do you move that heavy generator once it lands in your driveway?

Why not take a different approach by making a list of systems you must have working in a power outage lasting several days. Generators that keep lights on, run household appliances, including the stove to cook hot meals and maintain temperatures in your fridge and freezer to avoid food spoilage. 

Halloween should be the only day of the year when sitting in a dark and scary house with your family and friends gathered by candlelight is fun. Generators that keep lights on is only one item out of many to consider. Let the experts at Northeast Generator, the people who’ve been in the business for 40 years selling, installing and maintaining generators help you make the right decision that’s simple, easy, and affordable. Give them a call to discuss all of your generator needs at (203) 336-3031.
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Portable Generators, Standby Generators, Uncategorized, Winter Weather Generators

How to Winterize a Generator

Do you own a portable generator or a standby generator? It’s important that you know how to winterize a generator by following a few simple guideline:

How to Winterize a Portable Generator:

  • Use a premium fuel stabilizer and run engine for 10 minutes to circulate.
  • Drain oil from crankcase; replace your oil filter and refill with new oil.
  • While engine is running, spray premium fogging oil until you see heavy smoke. Now, shut off generator.
  • Remove spark plug and apply fogging oil as thick layer over hole. 
  • Inspect all screws, nuts, fasteners and clamps to ensure they’re secure.
  • Inspect generator for any damaged parts and replace, if necessary. 
  • Store in safe, dry place for winter months.

How to Winterize a Standby Generator:

Battery:

  • Check your battery and be sure your battery is not low or dead. A low battery reading may become a bigger problem. When in doubt, replace the battery. 
  • Buy a cold weather kit with battery heater for temperatures below 40 degrees.

Diesel Fuel:

  • An engine block heater heats engine oil for optimal starting. 
  • Follow manufacturer’s recommendations’ if you have an electrical heater that maintains coolant temperature. 
  • If you have a diesel engine below 1 liter per cylinder, use glow plugs which take air into combustion chamber; or, air inlet heater that heats the air needed for cooling and combustion. 
  • To prevent condensation on control panels, use AC powered, anti-condensation control panel heater. 
  • A winter grade blend with additives prevents gelling (follow manufacturer’s recommendations at all times). Fuel line and storage tank heaters are two other ways to keep fuel at temperature. 

A good rule of thumb is always maintain your generator, both in summer and in winter to prevent an emergency situation when the power unexpectedly turns off. Northeast Generator’s friendly staff is always here to help with your questions on maintenance and replacement parts (203) 336-3031. 

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Consumer Help, Generator Rentals, Permanent Generators, Portable Generators, Standby Generators, Uncategorized

Strong winds, torrential downpours, power outages and floods — it’s officially hurricane season in the Atlantic! 

June 1, 2018: it’s officially hurricane season in the Atlantic. This day begins a period of dramatic and dangerous weather that can strike unexpectedly and without warning. Plan ahead and avoid risk from the most life-threatening storms on Earth.

Here are a few tips from the American Red Cross:

  • Talk with your family about what to do if a hurricane strikes. This helps reduce fear, especially for younger children.
  • Make sure you have access to NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts. A battery, or hand-crank portable radio should be purchased and kept for emergencies only.
  • Keep insurance policies, documents, and other valuables in a safe-deposit box. Less likely to be damaged if a hurricane causes flooding (pictures on an iphone or a flash drive can be used as back up).
  • Stock up on supplies! A typical rule of thumb is a 3-day supply of easy to prepare meals and water (1 gallon per person per day). And, don’t forget items like diapers, first-aid kits, batteries, and medicine to get you through.
  • Fill your car with gas, and have enough cash in case of evacuation.
  • Flashlights, or battery-operated camping lanterns are essentials. Never use candles.
  • Keep refrigerator & freezer closed for as long as possible. If power goes out, check for spoilage. When in doubt, throw it out.
  • If authorities tell you to evacuate, be safe and follow directions.

Power outages leave you vulnerable to dangerous and life-threatening conditions brought on by Mother Nature. Now that it’s officially hurricane season in the Atlantic, it’s a perfect time to invest in a home generator for safety and peace of mind. The Consumer Reports article below gives a quick and easy overview about generator options, but when you have questions the folks at Northeast Generator are happy to help (203) 336-3031.  
https://www.consumerreports.org/generators/how-to-prepare-for-prolonged-power-outage/

 

 

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Consumer Help, Standby Generators, Uncategorized
Wondering About a Standby Generator Tax Deduction? If you bought a standby generator to support dialysis equipment, chairlift, or specialized wheelchair, it’s considered a medical-related expense that you should discuss with your tax accountant. However, if you’re still weighing the pros and cons of buying a standby generator, here are a few pros you may not have thought about:

First, it gives tremendous peace of mind. Realtors call this the “joy factor”. Backup power from an automatic transfer switch and power management system means that heaters, refrigerators, computers, sump pumps and lights keep running and your family and pets stay safe in emergencies. Second, any home improvement project that increase livability is worthwhile! A standby generator fits this category. Just look around your neighborhood. More and more people work from home, making a standby generator essential for business. Communications, computer programs, telephones, internet, and other vital equipment function without interruption. Customers and co-workers stay happy. Finally, what about financial protection? Your paycheck is at high risk if you struggle and try to live without power even for a few days. Think about the cost to replace all of the things you lose in a disaster? Food in the fridge and freezer thrown away and restocked. Downed trees to be cut and removed by landscapers. Water pumped out and repairs to roof or basement. Expense after expense. It’s a money drain possibly avoided by owning a standby generator as your back up power source in a disaster.

It’s always best to discuss options with a professional.  So, after you check in with your tax advisor, call Northeast Generator at (203) 336-3031 to discuss your needs. Although a tax deduction is always nice to find, buying a standby generator pays off in so many other ways…peace of mind, better livability, and financial protection in post-emergency clean up.
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