Posts Tagged ‘Generator Installation’

Things to Consider When Purchasing a Generator

Monday, June 27th, 2016

Whether summer or winter, the weather can wreak havoc on us any time of the year. Nowhere is this more apparent than with our electrical system, which can leave you cut off and helpless in a time of crisis. The solution is to enhance your home’s self-sufficiency with the installation of a generator, helping you weather any larger issue in safety and comfort. A trained technician can install and maintain a new generator here in your Flint, MI home, and if you’ve decided to purchase one, we can help make it happen. But before we put your new generator in, there are a few things to consider. Once they’re worked out, we can proceed swiftly and effectively with your new purchase. (more…)

Things to Consider When Installing a New Generator

Monday, January 18th, 2016

Winter in Flint, MI is as cold as they come, and when blizzards hit, you can’t be sure that your electric power won’t get knocked out. A good generator is the perfect way to keep your home powered and comfortable during a crisis, and there are reliable companies nearby to install and service it for you. Before you pull the trigger on such a purchase, however, consider your options carefully, and look for a specific heater that’s going to meet your needs. Here are a few things to consider when installing a new generator, which your service technician can help you answer. (more…)

Afraid of Losing Power This Summer? Consider the Installation of a Whole Home Generator

Monday, July 6th, 2015

We have some pretty epic thunderstorms during the summer months, as well as serious snowstorms during the winter months. If you have concerns about losing your power, it may be time to consider the installation of a whole home automatic standby generator. A whole house generator does far more than keep the refrigerator running and a few lights on; it can support your entire household during a power outage, and for a long duration. But you won’t gain the benefits a backup generator has to offer without expert installation, and that’s where the pros at Davison Heating & Cooling come in. Our NATE-certified experts can help you will all of your generator needs in Davison, MI, so give us a call today! (more…)

How to Prioitize Your Appliances for Generator Installation

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Spates of bad weather during the past ten years have reminded us that having an automatic standby generator for a home is no longer simply a luxury. When it’s possible to lose power for a number of days due to a blizzard, accident, or grid failure, it’s more than our comfort that’s under threat. A generator will not only protect the comfort and health of your family, it will also provide the peace of mind that you have everything necessary covered in the event of an emergency.

We realize that generators can be costly. Fortunately, you do not need to install a standby generator in your home that powers all its appliances. Instead, you can have a smaller unit put in (still bigger and more dependable than a portable unit) that powers only the appliances essential for your household’s health and safety. In this post we’ll look at how best to prioritize what you need to power in your home during an outage so you’ll know how best to size a generator.

Davison Heating & Cooling is here to help you with this important task. We specialize in automatic standby generator installation in Oxford, MI.

Priorities for your home’s appliances

  • Electrically powered medical equipment: For some families, the reason they want to have a generator installed in the first place is to ensure a steady electrical supply for members of their household who depend on powered medical equipment, like oxygen breathers and dialysis machines. If you need working medical equipment in your home, they should be the #1 priority for power.
  • Lights: Unless you have an enormous supply of candles, you will want some of your home’s lights to remaining burning. This is especially important if you have children or elderly people in your household, since poor lighting can be dangerous for them when they move around.
  • Heating system: Since many outages occur during winter, keeping your house warm is vital. Modern gas-powered heaters do require electricity to run (they use electrical igniters and fans), so no matter what type of heating system you use, you will need electrical power from a generator to keep it going during a power outage.
  • Refrigerator/freezer: If a power outage lasts for a stretch, it will be important to be able to keep food fresh in a refrigerator.
  • Air conditioning: Usually a lesser priority than the heater, although outages can occur during heat waves. If you live in an area susceptible to power failures due to heat waves, bump this up in priority.

These are the essentials to prioritize. At a lower tier are the dishwasher, clothes washer and dryer, microwaves, television monitors, and computers. You will have to decide which of these are most vital for you (it will vary for everyone) and use the information to help your installers pick the right sized generator for you. Contact us today to find out more.

When you call Davison Heating & Cooling for generator installation in Oxford, MI, you’ll receive quality help that will ensure the operational integrity of your generator when you need it most. 

Why You Should Prefer Using Automatic Standby Generators

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Right now, we are going through one of the coldest winters in recent memory. There’s no better time to emphasize the importance of a whole-house back-up generator for your home: being caught without power during a heavy cold snap or a storm is not only inconvenient and uncomfortable, it can be dangerous, especially if there are people in your home who have special medical needs that require electrically-powered devices.

Our team at Davison Heating & Cooling takes your comfort and safety seriously. That’s why we offer installation of automatic standby generators in Oxford, MI to help you make it through potentially lengthy power outages. We can also repair or perform partial replacement on an existing system. If you don’t have a whole-house generator currently, we recommend you install an automatic standby model. If your current generator isn’t automatic, we suggest you schedule an upgrade

The Importance of an Automatic Standby Generator

Why do we place so much importance on having an automatic standby generator? Although a standard whole-house generator should take care of your power needs (provided you have it professionally sized and installed), an automatic model removes some of the hassles and dangers from the cold.

An automatic generator is connected to your electrical system in a way that detects when the power is running normally. An automatic transfer switch will disconnect your home safely from the power grid and start up the generator’s engine. (Most generators use natural gas from the municipal supply, although there are models that run from stored propane or diesel.) When the power supply to the grid comes back on, the automatic switch shuts down the generator and reconnects you.

This means that you won’t have to bundle up and march out into the cold or a heavy snowstorm, to fumble around with the equipment on the generator to start it up when the power shuts off. Aside from this convenience, an automatic generator is helpful if you aren’t home and the people in the house do not know the location of the generator or how to operate it, or if they are physically incapable of going outside to turn on the generator. It’s all taken care of: when the power goes out, the generator activates without interruption.

Schedule Generator Installation

As we mentioned above, a whole-house generator needs to be sized so it will match the power needs in your home. Too large, and it could cause electrical shorts; too small, and it won’t do you much good. For proper generator sizing and installation, rely on heating service experts in Oxford, MI. Davison Heating & Cooling is ready to help you keep your family safe this winter with automatic standby generator service. Give us a call today and schedule your next installation service.

Which Size Generator Does My Home Need?

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Using generators in Clarkston are a means of keeping your home warm and powered when winter storms rage outside. A proper installation service can work with you to find the generator that’s right for your circumstances. Chief among those considerations is the size of generator to use. You need one that can adequately handle the electrical load of your house for days at a time. If it’s too small, it might not cover the things you need. A qualified dealer can provided specific advice for you, but here’s a quick “cheat sheet” to help answer the question “which size generator does my home need?

The first step is to perform an energy audit of your home to determine your power needs. This means noting all of your power appliances, determining how much energy they use and prioritize their use in an emergency situation. The basics include such items as your refrigerator (500-800 watts), a sump pump (600 watts), a microwave (1,500 watts), your home heating system (500-1,000 watts) and several lights (400-500 watts). More extensive power situations would involve a TV and/or a computer (200-500 watts apiece), a portable heater (1,200-1,500 watts) and an electric range (5,000 watts).  Again, an expert can give you a detailed breakdown of what you need.

The generator should actually be larger than the final number indicates, because you need to be careful of surges. (Most generators list two power numbers: the running wattage and the surge wattage. Use the running wattage to compare against your power needs.) In addition, you can use a smaller generator if you are very judicious with your power needs during a crisis, and only use those appliances for which the generator is intended.

For more help in answering the question “which size generator does my home need?” contact the experts at Davison Heating & Cooling. We know how important generators in Clarkston, MI are and will do our utmost to find and install the right one for you. A Michigan storm is nothing to take lightly. Call us today and let us help you stay prepared