Extreme Weather Increases Generator Use

October 3, 2011

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Over the last few years, as extreme weather seems to grow more frequent and less predictable, generators have expanded in use and popularity all over the United States.

Homeowners all over the country fear power disruptions from many sources – snowstorms, ice, rain, wind, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, wildfires  – and after Hurricane Irene’s fierce assault on the East Coast, the sales of generators have gone up even more (according to Briggs & Stratton Corp.)

Extreme weather is not the only culprit. Declining infrastructure and aging electrical grids have caused a number of power outages across the US, affecting tens of thousands of customers at a time.

A strong generator can save a household a lot of grief and discomfort. Most middle range portable generators (at a cost of $600 or so) can power a refrigerator, a furnace, lights and more.

Tips for keeping your generator running at its best:

Air Filter

Air Filter

Depending on frequency of use, replace the generator engine air filter regularly.

Spark Plug

Spark Plug

Make sure your generator starts right away, by replacing the spark plug at regular intervals.

To find out how to maintain your generator so it lasts a long time, visit this excellent generator resource. It also provides repair help, all the parts you need, instructional videos and much more.

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