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Generator Safety Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

June 14, 2024 | Blog

As summer heats up in Beaumont, Lumberton, Bridge City, and Orange ensuring your home is prepared for potential power outages is crucial. Generators can be a lifesaver, providing the necessary power to keep your home comfortable and safe. However, it’s essential to operate them correctly to avoid hazards. At Efficient Systems AC & Plumbing, we specialize in HVAC and plumbing services, and we understand the importance of safety when it comes to home generators. Here are some vital generator safety tips every homeowner should know.

1. Choose the Right Generator

Selecting the appropriate generator for your home is the first step. Consider the power requirements of your essential appliances and systems. A professional from Efficient Systems can help you determine the right size and type of generator to meet your needs. Remember, an undersized generator can overload and fail, while an oversized one can be unnecessarily costly.

2. Regular Maintenance

Just like your HVAC system, your generator requires regular maintenance to function correctly. Schedule routine inspections and servicing to keep your generator in top condition. Efficient Systems offers comprehensive maintenance services to ensure your generator is always ready when you need it.

3. Proper Ventilation

Generators produce carbon monoxide (CO), a deadly, odorless gas. Always operate your generator outdoors in a well-ventilated area, away from windows, doors, and vents. Never run a generator inside your home, garage, or any enclosed space. Installing CO detectors in your home can provide an additional layer of safety.

4. Use the Right Extension Cords

If you need to use extension cords with your generator, ensure they are heavy-duty, outdoor-rated, and have a sufficient power rating for the connected appliances. Damaged or undersized cords can overheat and pose a fire hazard.

5. Avoid Backfeeding

Backfeeding is the practice of connecting a generator directly to your home’s wiring without a transfer switch. This is extremely dangerous and illegal, as it can cause electrocution risks to utility workers and damage your electrical system. Always use a transfer switch installed by a professional.

6. Keep It Dry

Operate your generator in a dry area to prevent electrical shocks and damage. Use a canopy or tent to protect it from rain, but ensure it has adequate ventilation. Never touch the generator with wet hands.

7. Turn Off Before Refueling

Always turn off your generator and let it cool down before refueling. Spilled fuel on hot engine parts can ignite, leading to fires or explosions.

8. Know Your Limits

Understand the limits of your generator and avoid overloading it. Overloading can cause the generator to overheat and fail. Prioritize essential appliances and systems to ensure they receive adequate power.

Why Choose Efficient Systems?

Efficient Systems has been a trusted name in Beaumont since 1979. Our commitment to safety, quality, and customer satisfaction sets us apart. We offer a range of services, including HVAC and plumbing, and our team of licensed professionals undergoes extensive background checks, ensuring you can trust us in your home. Our Peace of Mind Guarantee ensures that we only send trustworthy and qualified technicians to your home.

Current Offer: 0% Financing for 60 Months

To make it easier for you to invest in a reliable generator, Efficient Systems is offering 0% financing for 60 months on generator installations. This offer allows you to enhance your home’s safety and comfort without the financial strain.

Don’t wait until the next power outage to think about your home’s safety. Contact Efficient Systems AC & Plumbing today at (409) 206-5752 or click here to schedule a consultation and learn more about our generator installation and maintenance services. With our expertise and commitment to quality, you can rest assured that your home will be prepared for any emergency.

Why Choose Efficient Systems?

We guarantee that the equipment we have installed will perform as we have stated, or we will remove it and return 100% of your investment.
If we do not have your new system operating by the date promised, we will pay you $500 for your inconvenience.
You will save a minimum of 30% on your heating and cooling costs or we will refund double-the-difference of your savings not realized during the first year.

What Our Customers Have To Say

Very Professional

James was very professional and knowledgeable. Fixed the unit quickly and explained the process and effects of the repair/maintenance. Will always call ES from now on! Very happy with the work.

Joni N.

Top Notch Service

James, the technician was very efficient and professional. Our attic space is very challenging to access and he managed to survive the adventure stoically! Did a great job of explaining system status and what was checked. Top notch overall.

Jim L.

Outstanding Service

105 heat index day and AC not working correctly. Ryan Boyles was the tech that came to help. Diagnosed problem very quickly and fixed the issue. Looked at warranty package and determined the repair was warranty work…so NO charge. Outstanding.

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