Almost every corner of the country has experienced erratic and uncommon weather patterns this year, and New Jersey is no exception. As a result, you’ve probably considered getting a stand-by generator to avoid power losses. With technological advancements and lower prices, using a backup power system is possible. If you’ve ever experienced a freak winter storm or spring flooding, you know what it’s like to be without power. You can’t take a hot shower (or even a warm one); the food in your refrigerator and freezer spoil; you can’t cook on your stove, and power failures that knock out sump pumps cause basement flooding. There is a lot of choice on the market when it comes to standby generators. You can select systems that supply power to your entire home or just a few basic appliances that are critical. Depending on what you deem necessary, system options begin with units that run eight circuits of power to systems that can easily operate the complete circuit panel in your home. Today’s whole-house generators are connected to your home and automatically power on when the electricity goes off. Old-school portable generators, however, require homeowners to get them out of storage and connect them to power by manually transferring them to the generator. Whenever the power comes back on, the homeowner has to disconnect the generator and return the power source to the circuit breaker. With auto-control, you don’t have any interruptions with service – even if you’re out of town when a storm hits. Today, some standby generators operate on “smart” technology, which essentially uses a command control panel to monitor the appliances and divert them to where it’s needed most. This provides optimal convenience and control. Stand-by generators give you power options, automatic service, and control. To protect your home from power failures due to storms, or even increased demands on the electrical grid in the US or line maintenance and repairs, look into getting a standby generator. Pipe Works Services can help. Call us anytime for a consultation. 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.