Backup power designed for endurance

| by Mike Gersmeyer
Backup power designed for endurance

October is the heart of hurricane season along the country’s coasts. At the same time, the heartland is on the cusp of another winter season. Mother Nature’s fury could be pounding much of the country in the next few months, so it’s an important time to be thinking about how to keep a home prepared to endure the elements.

A standby generator is one way to prepare for the power outages that sometimes occur as a result of inclement weather. Standby generators, often called home generators, are being manufactured with design measures to better ensure the home generator is protected year round and is always ready to provide backup power to a home when needed. 

It’s important to remember that it may be months or years after a unit is professionally installed outside a home before a scenario occurs that requires the unit’s assistance. All the while, that standby generator has been battling the elements outside, waiting to operate when it’s called upon.

Homeowners preparing for the next power outage should look for a few specific design characteristics in their standby generator before a purchase is made. Some enclosures are now manufactured with the same rust-resistant, durable Galvanneal steel that is found in the automotive industry and features an advanced powder coat paint process, which protects against chipping and abrasions. Much like automobiles that spend much of their lives outside resisting weather, the Galvanneal steel helps protect the engine inside the unit so it can be relied on to start and power a home. This can be especially vital for homes along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, where the coastal salts in the air alone can cause rust and corrosion to other metals exposed for long periods outdoors.

Wintertime is one of the most critical times of year to have a working home generator. Some models come standard with a cold weather kit, an imperative feature for homes in the Midwest, Northeast and other regions where snow falls and blizzards occur. Generators with a cold weather kit are typically tested to start in conditions as cold as 20 degrees below zero, utilizing a thermostatically controlled battery warmer and oil heaters that activate as the temperature drops to increase battery and oil temperatures for the engine to start. 

These are just two design features that ensure a home generator is available from year to year, keeping a household ready for a prolonged power outage — whenever it may occur. For more information about the proper enclosure for a home generator, visit

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