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Plan Ahead for Winter Outages with Backup Power Sources

Plan Ahead for Winter Outages with Backup Power Sources

Gold Medal Service, a BBB A+ rated heating, cooling, plumbing and electrical service company that services more than 125,000 homeowners throughout New Jersey, encourages area residents to prepare for electrical outages associated with winter weather.

The blizzard of January 2016 highlighted the vulnerabilities of our power grid, leaving 90,000 residents of New Jersey powerless. This monstrous storm made it obvious that electrical power is essential for modern survival.

"We often take for granted the basic necessities of the home-life such as the oven, stove, refrigerator, heater, air conditioner, etc., but when the electricity goes out these appliances are no longer available to us," said Mike Agugliaro, co-owner of Gold Medal Service. "In the warmer months this can be a hassle, but in the winter months, it can be very uncomfortable."

Backup generators are the most popular form of alternative energy sources. There are two types of generators, a portable generator, and a permanent standby generator. Both of these types of backup power can keep a home's lights, furnace and necessary appliances working in the event of a weather-related power outage or emergency.

  • Portable generators are for a situation where you only need a few electrical appliances powered. They are relatively smaller than a permanent standby generator, and can be wheeled around. Never bring a generator inside the home, as their primary fuel source is gasoline and can emit harmful gases such as carbon monoxide. By running an extension cord that connects to your portable generator, you can power smaller appliances such as refrigerators, hot water heater, TVs, computers, etc.
  • A permanent standby generator remains permanently outside the home and on standby. They run on an existing fuel source - either liquid propane or natural gas. In the event of a power outage, they provide power within seconds of having lost it. They work in union with a transfer switch to monitor incoming utility voltage.

To find out more about Gold Medal Service's generators and what homeowners can do to prepare for colder temperatures, visit http://goldmedalservice.com/ or call (732) 365-3199

About Gold Medal Service

Gold Medal Service, rated A+ by the Better Business Bureau, was founded in New Jersey in

1994 with just two employees. Their vision was to provide homeowners with a reliable and trustworthy home service company customers could count on to fix just about anything that could go wrong in a home. Since then, Gold Medal has grown to include more than 150 employees and technicians solving plumbing, heating, cooling, electric, drain, waterproofing, and sewer issues for homeowners across the state of New Jersey. Gold Medal Service is an Angie's List "Super Service Award" recipient. For more information, call or visit http://goldmedalservice.com.