In parts of the midwest today the 60 degree temperatures that greeted drivers on their way to work and children on their way to school are expected to plummet. In fact, the temperatures are predicted to drop below freezing by the time every one goes to bed tonight, and to be just above 20 degrees by tomorrow morning. This is the kind of weather that makes everyone anxious about their furnaces and the necessary heat that will be needed. It is at this time of the year when both commercial and residential generators are often in the highest demand.
Electric generators are often a great solution for residential locations. The fact that 66% of all homes in the U.S. have air conditioners that they rely on in the summer is an indicator that the need for residential generators may be just as important in the summer as in the winter. A reminder of the importance of electric generator installation is all of the news about the struggles that people in Texas, Louisiana, and Florida have had when they were hit hurricanes last summer.
Large commercial generators are important for hospitals, schools, nursing homes, and businesses. Again, last summer’s hurricanes are a grim reminder of the death and destruction that can result from not having power in the summer. As businesses and residential settings prepare to get ready for the cold days of winter and the implications a power loss can have.
In addition to purchasing and installing the right types of electric generators, it is also essential that both residential and commercial property owners make sure that they also follow all recommendations for generator preventative maintenance. Finding out that a generator is not working on the coldest or hottest day of the year, for instance can be not only difficult, but dangerous.
Consider some of these facts and figures about the importance of backup generators and heating and cooling systems and the impact that they have on the nation’s economy:
- Electrical fires cost $1.4 billion a year in property damage, so it is important to make sure that all generators are properly installed and maintained.
- Home-based electrical systems are the cause of nearly 55,000 fires a year, resulting in more than 500 deaths and 1,400 injuries, according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International.
- 48% of the energy use in a typical U.S. home is accounted for by heating and cooling, making it the largest energy expense for most homes.
- $11 billion is the amount of money that U.S. home owners spend annually on air conditioner costs, regular maintenance, and keeping an air conditioner running efficiently.
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