Modern society has become highly dependent upon electricity; we use it to provide light, preserve and cook our food, maintain the climate in our homes, maintain our communications, and even entertain us. When natural disasters or accidents take away our electricity, our lives seem to come to a complete halt. You don’t have to suffer. With a standby generator connected to your house, you can continue just as before, while waiting for the electric company to finish making repairs. Stand-by generators are connected to your home through an automatic transfer switch. This switch turns on the generator and severs your connection to the electric grid whenever it senses that your home has lost electrical power. You can decide whether you want your generator to provide power just too essential systems, or your whole home. The size of your home, and your electric consumption, determine the size of the generator you need: A 12 kW (kilowatt) generator will provide sufficient power for up to a 2,000-square-foot home, with up to a 4-ton air conditioning unit. An 18-kW generator will provide sufficient power for up to a 4,000-square-foot home, with up to a 5-ton air conditioning unit. A 30-kW generator will provide sufficient power for up to a 5,000-square-foot home, with more than one 5-ton air conditioning unit. Once installed, stand-by generators require almost no maintenance. Modern systems include automatic weekly diagnostic testing, reporting to you that the unit is always ready to go. Your family will be secure in the knowledge that you have power available, no matter what. The professionals at Pipe Works Services want to be your partners in all aspects of home comfort. We can help you do homework on major purchases and give expert advice so that you can make an informed decision. Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information, click here to download our free Home Comfort Resource guide. Pipe Works Services serves Chatham, NJ, and the surrounding areas. To get started, check out our website.