Written by Walt Meyer

Install a Standby Generator This Summer – Part 2

As covered in Part 1, we want to protect our home and family so we must prepare for the day a natural disaster strikes. Severe weather events happen frequently in Maryland during the summer. Part 2 will discuss Emergency Readiness and Professional Installation.

Emergency Readiness

You can improve your home’s emergency readiness by creating a plan and preparing an emergency kit. By taking these steps, your family will be better prepared for both manmade and natural disasters.

Being ready for a utility power outage should be part of your planning. Power failures can occur because the utility is performing maintenance or their equipment became defective. However, the loss of utility power is typically caused by severe weather events.

Maryland experiences severe thunderstorms mostly during the summer, and they usually strike in the afternoon or evening. Although this is mostly true, thunderstorms can strike during any season or time of day. Unlike hurricanes and winter storms, thunderstorms impact smaller areas, but they can still be dangerous.  

A thunderstorm delivers lightning strikes, which cause more injuries and fatalities than tornadoes. In addition, thunderstorms can cause flash floods, hail, winds exceeding 100 miles per hour, and tornadoes. A thunderstorm can strike very suddenly, giving people no warning that they are about to experience property damage or a power outage.

Permanently installing a standby generator at your home will keep your family comfortable and safe during utility outages. Your unit will provide electricity to the following important items:

  • Electrical and lighting circuits
  • Home security systems
  • HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) unit
  • Major appliances, such as electric stoves, microwaves, and refrigerators
  • Sump and well pumps

Professional Installation

The first step after deciding to install a standby generator is to contact a local licensed electrician with experience in home installations. This professional will advise you at each step, beginning with properly choosing a generator. A professional installation will provide the power your family will need during utility outages while being in compliance with local code and safety regulations.

Electrical Services You Can Trust

Meyer Electrical Services is an authorized Kohler and KOHLER Sales &

Service Dealer serving Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. We provide custom standby generator installations and are trained and licensed to perform the regularly required important factory service and maintenance. Receive a free consultation today by calling (301) 941-1400.