Monthly Archives: October 2015

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Should I Install a Whole Home Generator?

Storms, utility issues, and other events can knock out power to your Phoenix area home. Power outages can last just a few seconds, or go on for days, depending on the circumstances. Loss of electricity can make your home unsafe or unlivable throughout the duration of an outage if you have no backup source of power in place.

A whole home generator is a smart option for Phoenix homeowners who are looking for protection in the event of a power outage. These systems can be directly connected to your home’s electrical system, where they will automatically detect a loss of utility power and fire up to keep powering your essential systems.

Installing a whole home generator

If you wish to purchase and install a whole home generator, it is best to do so through a licensed electrician. You’ll be able to access genuine and safe equipment, as well as professional installation. An electrician like Mister Sparky will install your new whole home generator properly, to ensure you are able to access backup power safely in your time of need. We take into consideration your power needs to help you choose the right generator for your home, and provide safe and effective installation.

Benefits offered by whole home generators

Installing a whole home generator will provide you with many benefits, should you face a utility power outage. Below are just a few of the advantages you’ll gain:

  • No disruption in your comfort. A power outage can leave you without a way to cool you home; with high outdoor temperatures, this can lead to dangerous conditions inside. A whole home generator will provide reliable backup power to operate your cooling system through a power outage. It can also provide power for other devices, such as lighting systems and electronics, offering personal comfort during potentially scary times, especially for small children.
  • Power for medical equipment. Many Phoenix households have family members which depend on electrically-powered medical equipment for a variety of health reasons; a loss of power can be quite dangerous if these systems cannot operate. With a whole home generator in place, you won’t need to worry about powering your medical devices when your utility electricity goes out.
  • Prevents loss of perishables. A refrigerator or freezer stocked with food may be a complete loss in an extended power outage. A whole home generator provides the power you need to keep essential appliances running, protecting you from losing perishable items worth hundreds of dollars.
  • Protects your safety. Unlike portable backup generators, a whole home generator doesn’t require setup every time you need to use it; it fires up automatically. Conditions leading to a power outage, such as a storm, can be dangerous to go out in, but with a portable generator, you are forced to if you need backup power. Installing a whole home generator will provide you with reliable backup power and allow you to remain safe inside your home.
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Fire Prevention Week

October 4th marked the beginning of this year’s national Fire Prevention Week. The theme of this year’s campaign is “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep,” noting the importance of having a working smoke alarm in every bedroom of your home. Smoke alarms are vital tools that have proven to save countless lives by alerting home occupants of fire. Does your home have working smoke alarms in all the right places? Smoke alarms should be installed in each of these locations in a home:

• In every room where family members sleep
• Outside of separate sleeping areas
• On each level of the home

If you do not have smoke alarms in place throughout your home, contact an electrician to provide reliable installation of these devices. While many smoke alarm models are battery powered, it is an excellent idea to have them hardwired to your home’s electrical system to help ensure they always have the necessary power.

An electrician can also install a network of smoke alarms in your home that are interconnected. With such a system, if smoke is detected by an alarm in one area of the house, all alarms will sound. This is an ideal way to make sure everyone in the home always hears an alarm sound, even if the fire has not reached the area of the home that they are in. Interconnected systems can alert family members sooner, helping you exit the home safely.

If there are members of your family who are hard of hearing, your electrician can help you install smoke alarms which will alert them in the event of a fire. Such smoke alarms use lights, vibration, or low frequency sounds to provide alerts in the event of a fire to keep those family members safe.

Smoke alarms should be replaced every 10 years. If the smoke alarms in your home are over this limit, it’s time to have new ones installed. If you are unsure when your smoke alarms were installed, check the back panel of your alarm, which should list the unit’s date of manufacture.

Even if your home’s smoke alarms are hardwired to your electrical system, you should always make sure they have battery power as well. The batteries will supply power to the alarm in the event that power is knocked out to your home, or if a breaker trips or fuse is blown. Test each alarm in the home on a monthly basis while holding down the test button. Write a reminder on your calendar or set a notification on your phone to help you remember to perform this important safety check each month.

For assistance installing smoke alarms or setting up an interconnected smoke alarm system in your home, contact Mister Sparky. Our licensed electricians will help you determine the appropriate locations for alarms in your home while providing safe and reliable smoke alarm installation. Contact us today to learn more.