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Is A Standby Generator Right For You?

is a standby generator right for you?Is a standby generator right for you? Homeowners often ask us if we suggest they buy a back up system for their electric. There are many reasons why this is necessary in some cases. The most obvious is if a family member is on medical equipment that requires backup power. Equipment like this often has it’s own backup power supply. If not, then having a standby generator is a must have in our opinion.

How Does A Standby Generator Work?

A standby generator uses gas or propane as fuel. When there is a power outage, a transfer switch recognizes the outage and transfers power to the backup generator from your electrical panel. When the power returns to the home, the power is then switched back to the home’s electricity. You can have a whole house generator or a smaller unit that powers just some of the circuits. Power outages are quite frequent in some areas. In Northern Kentucky, we often have outages when extreme storms are in the area. Heavy snow and ice can down trees and cause outages too. While a portable generator will energize your home for a day, a standby generator theoretically could give energy to your home for many days.

Is A Standby Generator Right For You?

Besides the obvious need for medical patients to avoid power outages and blackouts, many people feel a backup generator would be a huge convenience. There are a few things to consider before you run out and buy one. Installing a standby generator is not a DIY project by any means. A professional electrician and plumber will be needed to hook the generator to your home. Many areas have restrictions on noise and may not approve of a generator. Other towns don’t have the current to handle a large unit. Before you consider installing a standby generator it is important that you consider all the options and research the generators that would benefit you before you decide. Is a standby generator right for you? As you can see that’s not an easy yes or no question. We would be happy to review your electrical needs and assess your home’s electrical usage to determine if you can use a standby generator and if so how big a unit would work in your home. If you have questions about your electrical usage or power, call Rose Brothers & Sons Electric today.

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How To Feed Your Family During A Power Outage

how to feed your family during a power outageWe’ll give you some ideas how to feed your family during a power outage.  Hopefully you have a few things on hand before your power goes out. If not, you may need to find a shelter, a relative or an open restaurant depending on the reason the power is out.  If you need electrical repairs, Rose Brothers & Sons Electric can get your electricity up and running before you starve.  Our emergency electricians are available when you need us.

Planning For A Storm

If you know a winter storm or other natural disaster is about to take place, you can plan ahead of time to feed your family.  Look through your refrigerator and freezer and use the items that will perish the soonest.  Some items may be lost if you lose power to your freezer or refrigerator.  You can fill plastic bags and jugs with water and freeze them to make ice too.  this will help your frozen or refrigerated items last longer. Remember during a power outage to keep your refrigerator and freezer closed as much as possible. Make sure you have enough canned goods to last a week or two.  Store paper goods like plates, forks, spoons and napkins.  This will be a great help if your water is compromised.  Make sure you have ideas and recipes on how to feed your family during a power outage. You can make good meals with a few canned ingredients.

Don’t Forget Propane or Cooking Fuel

Although you won’t want to cook outside during a storm, camping gear like a coleman stove or propane for your gas grill can go a long way toward helping you feed your family if the power is out for awhile.  Having a warm meal and the camping atmosphere will add excitement to the ordeal and be something your family will remember for years.

How To Feed Your Family During A Power Outage

Safety is a huge concern during power outages.  You need to make sure the food you prepare and feed your family isn’t spoiled.  Foodsafey.gov offers some general guidelines for food safety in an emergency. You also need to be aware of reasons the power may be out and how other areas of your home may be affected.  Is the water safe?  Is there a downed power line near by?  If you need electrical service repairs, Rose Brothers & Sons Electric is available for all your electrical repairs in the Northern Kentucky area.

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When It’s Time To Call For Emergency Electrical Repairs

when it's time to call for emergency electrical repairsHelp my power is out! When it’s time to call for emergency electrical repairs, Rose Brothers and Sons Electric is here!

This is the call we get quite often. You can lose power to your home for several reasons. If it isn’t a planned interruption from your utility company and you’ve paid your electric bill, it could be a switch tripping or a fault with your wiring or electrical appliance.

Losing Power

If you lose power and you’re not aware of why, check the neighborhood to see if anyone else on the street has a power outage too. If the rest of the street appears to have power you may have tripped a circuit breaker. This usually doesn’t result in losing power to the whole house. If you have some areas of the house still working, then it’s probable you need to flip your circuit breaker switch. There are a number of reasons why your home could be without power. You should first check with your utility company in Northern Kentucky to see if they are aware of the outage. If not it is time to call for emergency electrical repairs.

Checking the Circuit Breaker

Your circuit breaker box is often beside your meter. It’s always a good idea when you move into a new house to locate your circuit breaker box before you have a need to. On the box, each switch relates to a different area or appliance in the home. If one of the switches is tripped, it is usually appears as opposite of the other switches (in the off position). You can flick it back to restore the power supply to that area or appliance. If the circuit breaker flips off again, you have a problem with the wiring or one of the appliances. You can turn the appliances off and test each one to see which one is causing the problem. If you cannot find the problem, it’s time to call for emergency electrical repairs.

When It’s Time to Call For Emergency Electrical Repairs

If you have a faulty appliance, there might be a fuse blown in the cord to that appliance. As with most electrical repairs in Northern Kentucky, if you don’t know what you’re doing, it’s time to call for emergency electrical repairs. You don’t want to keep turning a faulty appliance or lights on when they keep tripping the circuit because it can cause more damage. The circuit breaker is there to protect you and your appliance. Rose Brothers and Sons Electric is available 24/7 for help with electrical repairs. We provide fast affordable service on all electrical systems and small electric repairs. Call Rose Brothers and Sons Electric when it’s time to call for emergency electrical repairs.

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