Safety & Security During Severe Weather
A power outage in the home can be a frightening event, especially if severe weather is right outside your door. However, there’s an alternative to being left in the dark; having a backup generator in place provides your home with temporary power during an emergency.
“We’ve all had that helpless feeling when the power goes out,” said Mike Agugliaro, Gold Medal Service’s co-founder. “At those times, you scramble to find the candles, hope there are fresh batteries in your flashlight, and start wishing you had your own generator.”
Permanent standby generators offer the best way to get your home back online after it loses power. It's important to choose one that meets your needs. If you simply want to power a few key appliances, an 8- to the 20-kilowatt generator may serve you well. If you have a large home and want to keep everything powered up, a larger generator is required.
To determine what size generator you need, contact a local power professional or licensed electrical contractor. However, enlisting a licensed power professional is essential to determine the right size for your needs.Also, with harsh winter weather quickly approaching, consider a generator to power your furnace and hot water heater, to keep your home warm and pipes from freezing.
Small portable, gas-powered generators offer a more affordable option when only a few vital electrical items are needed during a power outage, but you must be home to start them. It may be your best option if you stay aware of your energy consumption and hold to using the wattage limit of the generator.
“Before scheduling a service contractor to come to your home or business,” stresses Agugliaro, “verify that the business conducts background and security checks. At Gold Medal, all of our service contractors go through rigorous background checks and wear easy to see and read identification badges for your convenience.”
Gold Medal Service now provides waterproofing services, and regularly receives the Super Service Award from Angie’s List, a designation given to less than five percent of businesses that maintain a superior service record.