ACI Northwest Blog : Archive for the ‘Generators’ Category

How to Survive a Summer Power Outage

Monday, August 6th, 2018

summer sunWe can’t start this blog post off without first mentioning that the best way to survive a summer power outage—or at least, feel comfortable during one—is by preparing for it. Okay, so you never know when a widespread blackout will occur, or if one even will occur this summer—after all, aren’t they more common in the wintertime? That may be the case, but we are certainly not immune to summer blackouts!

And when they do occur, all of the sudden you’re stuck without an air conditioning system, without refrigeration, and typically without a way to keep cool. At least, you’re without all this without a whole house generators in Coeur d’Alene, ID.

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Is It Time for You to Consider Generator Installation?

Monday, February 5th, 2018

Big Backup Natural Gas Generator for House Building OutdoorWhile the worst of our weather doesn’t seem like much compared to other parts of the country—particularly on the east coast—this time of year, that doesn’t mean we’re immune to problems. And some might not even be weather related, such as a power outage.

This may not be a huge concern for you given that the majority of blackouts we’ve been through last hours, not days. However, keeping your heating system and other important pieces of equipment on in the case that we do have a major power outage should be a priority for you. As such, we encourage to you to consider the installation of a whole home generator.

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Should You Schedule Generator Maintenance?

Monday, September 5th, 2016

Summer doesn’t seem to be on its way out any time soon, however that doesn’t mean that now isn’t a great time to think ahead towards the end of the year: a period where you might need to rely on your whole-house generator should an extended power outage occur. The beginning of fall—which is just a couple weeks away—is a great time to arrange for your annual generator maintenance.

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What to Expect During Generator Maintenance

Monday, April 25th, 2016

Your generator is not likely an appliance you give much thought to until you need it. However, it’s absolutely vital that you schedule routine maintenance for this device. After all, by not ensuring that your generator is operating at its intended capacity you may be risking system shutdown when it comes time for you to use it.

Think of routine preventive maintenance like an insurance policy for your generator! While you may think you are capable of performing the following maintenance tasks on your own, it’s best to have a trained professional to care for your system. But what do these professionals actually do during generator maintenance?

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Get the Power Back Fast with a Generac Generator

Monday, March 7th, 2016

Don’t let a power outage leave you stressed out and with unexpected costs you weren’t prepared for. When the power goes out in your neighborhood, your lights can keep on shining through the entire house with the help of a brand of generators trusted across the nation: Generac.

Get Vital Items Back Up and Running with Portable Generators

Portable generators are useful in a lot of ways. They’re perfect for camping trips, outdoor work, and recreational use outside. But many people also purchase portable generators so that they can have some source of backup power in the event of an emergency. And Generac is one of the best brands to use for this purpose.

  • Generac has one of the largest portable generators on the market.
  • Depending on sizing, you can power your refrigerator, lights, portable heater, and more.
  • They are easy to use and can use gasoline or LP fuel.
  • Use it for outdoor use when you’re not backing up your home.

Restore Power to Your Whole Home without Lifting a Finger

Whole-house automatic standby generators have an automatic transfer switch that switches over to gas power shortly after a power outage. So your Generac generator detects an outage within seconds and then restores power in a few more seconds. This means:

  • You don’t have to do a thing; Generac does all the work for you so you can stay safe and comfortable!
  • You get power back to the entire home—not just parts of it.
  • It works if you’re home or if you’re not, so your sump pump, security system, refrigerator, and more can keep going.
  • Performs weekly self-tests for better peace of mind.
  • There are sizes available for all homes.
  • It reverts to electricity as soon as the outage is over.

ACI Northwest is here to help with your home comfort needs or concerns. Please do not hesitate to contact us for helpful advice about Generac generators in the Coeur d’Alene area.

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What Will You Do When the Power’s Out? Keep Your Family Safe with a Generac Generator

Monday, February 29th, 2016

We’re no strangers to power outages in our area, and when the power is out, you might not have the resources to keep your family members safe and comfortable. Oftentimes, there are babies or elderly residents in the home who really cannot go on without a working heater or air conditioner. This means you might have to vacate the home, and you pay for alternative shelter along with some important supplies.

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Why 7 Out of 10 Homeowners Prefer Generac Generators for Backup Power

Monday, December 14th, 2015

Dealing with a power outage is a major hassle when you have no form of backup power in your home. You may have no idea of when the power will be restored to your home, and candles and flashlights are not enough to help you go on with your daily routine. Some homeowners have to find alternative shelter in order to have AC or heating, and all of the extra money spent on recovering from an outage can really add up. The best solution we can think of is a home generator, and Generac is the most trusted brand in the country.

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Keep Your Generator Maintained with Professional Services

Monday, October 12th, 2015

If they are working properly, whole-home generators only power on when there is no electrical service in your home, which means it can be difficult to tell if there is an issue with the unit. Many generators do have a self-test feature, which could alert you if there are any problems with the unit. However, we still recommend that homeowners schedule regular professional maintenance for their generators in order to prevent problems from occurring when you really need the system to work. Here’s what you can do on your own to keep your standby generator maintained, and how to tell you should call in a professional.

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How Much Could You Lose During a Power Outage?

Monday, August 24th, 2015

When the power goes out in your neighborhood, you usually cannot tell how long you will have to go without it. A crew may be able to get it up and running in a matter of a few hours. But it’s not unusual for neighborhoods to be without any electricity whatsoever for an entire day and night, or even for longer.

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The Importance of Owning a Standby Generator

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Anyone in the Caribbean, the east coast of the United States, or the Ring of Fire will tell you just how vital a standby generator can be. Any number of events can cause power outages to your home or business, jeopardizing the safety and well-being of your loved ones, colleagues, and your possessions. In today’s day and age of torrential storms and widespread power outages, having a standby generator is more important than ever.

Power Outages on the Rise

Weather and earthquakes are the two most prevalent causes of major power outages in America. We’ve all heard about the destruction caused by the Oklahoma tornadoes, and major media networks have been adept at covering the growing number of major storms that have been sweeping the nation. Whether it is a tsunami, blizzard, hurricane or flood, we’ve had more than our fair share of natural disasters, and they aren’t likely to end anytime soon.

It has become mainstream knowledge that global weather patterns are shifting, causing damage to power supplies and buildings. This, coupled with the increased global population, is straining our energy infrastructures, leading to widespread power outages around the globe. Rather than find yourself without power when the time comes, purchase a standby generator so you and your family can continue to keep the lights on, even when Mother Nature does her worst.

Why Every Homeowner Needs a Standby Generator

In the event of a minor, short-term power outage, a standby generator can ensure that life can continue as normal until the power turns back on. If power were to be out for more than a few days, it would become difficult to feed and care for your family, especially if you have young children or elderly living with you who have certain temperature needs.

If you experience a major power outage caused by a serious natural disaster, the damage is typically severe and leaves people without power for days, if not weeks, on end. During a wet disaster, such as a tsunami or hurricane, flooding could pose a legitimate problem. If you owned a standby generator and your home was flooding, you could run your generator to power a sump pump which would remove the flood water from your home. With the generator aiding your sump pump, you could save yourself and your family thousands of dollars in repairs. In the event of dry disasters – tornadoes, earthquakes and the like – a standby generator is essential, as it can be used for cooking, cooling, your communication devices, or even power medical equipment.

The Importance of Standby Generators for Businesses

Businesses are the lifeblood of the American economy and are responsible for providing food and housing for millions of families. Needless to say, businesses need the added protection a standby generator offers. If a business suffers from frequent power outages, a standby generator could save thousands of dollars in wasted labor costs from salaried employees waiting for power to come back on. When your business loses power, the generator will immediately power on, allowing your business to operate as usual. If a natural disaster occurs and power is knocked out for a days, the generator can be used to protect your office equipment from a power surge, and can also be connected to sump pump to protect your office valuables from flooding.

All in all, having a standby generator is akin to insurance. Hopefully, you’ll never have to use your generator, but it’s essential to have that security blanket in case you ever experience a prolonged power outage. When the well-being of your family and business are in jeopardy, don’t tempt fate. You simply cannot afford to be unprepared for the unexpected.

Rachael Jones is a blogger for DIYMother, where women aren’t afraid to use power tools in a dress.

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