Written by Walt Meyer

Why You Should Invest in a Standby Generator This Summer

Millions of Americans experience power outages yearly, typically because of severe weather. Other causes are motor vehicle accidents involving power lines, utility equipment failure, fallen trees, and wildlife.

Standby generators are complex machines that will require planning before installation. c

Even though you can buy a standby generator throughout the year, there is an ideal season for purchasing. The following will discuss why summer is the best time to install a unit.

Needs Professional Installation

A standby generator must be located away from dirt and mud to work correctly and be up to code. This can be done best by laying a concrete pad as its foundation.

As natural gas is provided via underground lines, some digging has to be done for the installation, assuming this is the fuel source. Excavating is much easier during early summer than in fall and winter when the ground becomes problematic from the cold.

When the weather is good, technicians can work faster and more efficiently. Buying and installing a standby generator during early summer will probably be your best choice.

Prepared for Fall’s Bad Weather

Although summertime generally brings good weather, living in the Mid-Atlantic Region can sometimes get a nasty surprise. Storm systems can sweep in from the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay when you live in Maryland.

In October 2012, Hurricane Sandy devastated the Atlantic Seaboard, cutting the electricity to about eight million homes. Summer has also seen its share of powerful hurricanes that devastated Maryland, including Hurricanes Agnes and Irene. The Atlantic hurricane season starts on June 1 and continues through November 30.

The sooner you get an installation this summer, the earlier your family and home will be protected. Don’t wait to schedule a standby generator installation. Making a reservation in June is best because the wait list will grow longer, and the costs will rise the deeper you go into summer. The sooner you install your unit, the sooner you and your family will be prepared for the next power outage.

Electrical Services You Can Trust

Meyer Electrical Services is an authorized Generac 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.