How to Prepare Your Home for a Storm

As we welcome autumn—and soon enough winter—storm preparedness should be of top priority. Be ready for any kind of storm and ensure the safety of your family and property by following these few steps in preparing your home for a storm.

Inspect the outside areas of your property

Disaster PlanTake a walk along the outside of your property and inspect anything that could potentially prove hazardous.

-Are there dead branches or unstable-looking trees near your house?

-Does your roof appear to have any damage or areas where water could seep through?

-Do you have the tools necessary to secure fences or patio furniture to prevent them from blowing away?

Taking note of these areas now means you have time to prepare and call in a professional if need be. If you are nervous about the potential of trees falling on your home, double check if your insurance will cover the damage (most standard homeowner’s policies will).

Prepare for the worst-case scenario

In order to be properly prepared for a dangerous storm, it’s vital that you account for all possibilities. Creating a mini disaster kit for your kids to carry with them and keep at school will give you, and them, peace of mind in the event of a storm.

Then make sure you have portable, backup battery powered chargers for all of your electronic devices to keep them charged in the event of an outage so you can call family members and friends. Also, have a disaster-plan in place with your family where each member takes on a specific role; this will allow you to react quickly if a storm does become dangerous and you need to take action.

Exercise your generator. If you don’t have one—get one.

Leading up to a storm, it’s important for you to exercise your backup generator by manually turning off the power and ensuring your backup power kicks on properly. Generators are quiet, affordable, and can be massively helpful in the event of any sort of emergency.

So, if you don’t own a backup generator, the first step in your storm preparedness plan will be to get one for your property.

If you’re preparing for dangerous weather, we at Kinzie Backup Generator Systems offer Cummins power generators, considerably the best generators in the world. Give us a call at 301-469-7800 for more information on preparing for a storm and the benefits of having a backup generator that you can rely on.

The Many Advantages of a Cummins Generator

At Kinzie Generators, we seek to offer products that are reliable, safe, affordable, and right for our customers. Especially for a product as complicated as backup generators, which really require a certain standard of expertise and experience that not many companies can live up to. You need to know that the generator you’re buying will provide you with electricity during a power outage and comes with an expert installation and maintenance team that is just as dependable as the machine.

That’s where Cummins comes in. Here’s why we deal exclusively with Cummins generators:

Cummins GeneratorCummins offers a global network

Cummins is the largest generator company in the world. What does that mean to you? A seal of approval on all Cummins products, guaranteeing longevity, parts available for your backup generator worldwide and repair facilities whenever, wherever. So, wherever you go with your generator, you have a company that’s there for you.

Noise control in your neighborhood

The Cummins generator is the quietest on the market. It’s been shown to beat out other major brands in decibel counts and when noise control is a major issue, both with municipalities like Montgomery County and local groups, that’s huge. Don’t worry—your neighbors will thank you later.

Cummins powers continuously and smartly

One of the most important factors every homeowner or business owner should consider when purchasing their backup generator is efficiency—because, in the end, that’s where the dollars come in. In that field, no other company compares to Cummins. The company is trusted for hospitals, stadiums, and data centers across North America for this very reason; it powers continuously, and it powers smartly.

At Kinzie Generators, we offer the same quality and service to installation and repair that Cummins brings to its products. That’s why we’re proud to be an exclusive dealer for Cummins and have received the Top Cummins Dealer Award for two years in a row. If you have any questions about the Cummins generator or would like to schedule your installation, contact us today!

Why Noise Control Should Be a Necessity with Your Backup Generator

Backup generators are key in remaining safe, comfortable and productive during a power outage. However, we also know that backup generators can make a lot of noise. Between the engine, cooling fan, and other mechanical processes, a generator has the ability to reach high decibels. That’s why it’s not only essential to equip your home or business with a backup generator; it’s essential that you choose one that is of high-quality and is built to actively stifle the noise it produces in your community.

If you live in Montgomery County, there’s a local noise code on the books that every person or place of business must adhere to.

Quiet Backup GeneratorFor residential properties the noise codes are:

  • Daytime hours – 65 dBA
  • Nighttime hours – 55 dBA

For non-residential properties the noise codes are:

  • Daytime hours – 67 dBA
  • Nighttime hours – 62 dBA

To see the official code, head to the Montgomery County website here.

Anything above these levels can constitute a noise disturbance, and lead to unwanted fines, or attention from law enforcement authorities.

Furthermore, if you live in a highly residential area, you’ll have to find out if your local homeowners association (HOA) has their own noise code in place. Many associations do, in order to prevent noisy neighbors from disturbing the peace that they seek to establish. The last thing you want to be dealing with on top of a power outage is aggravated neighbors.

These are just a few of the reasons why we here at Kinzie Backup Generator Systems, only use Cummins generators—it’s the quietest generator on the market.

Backup Generator Noise Levels

It constantly clocks in at a lower dBA than other major brands and puts you well in line with the Montgomery County averages. We understand the regulations that our clients must adhere to, and that’s why we ensure an installation process that pays respect to local codes as well as your neighbors.

At Kinzie Backup Generator Systems, we’re here to provide you with a high-quality backup generator that is the right fit for your property and needs, exceptional installation and customer services, and continual maintenance to ensure that you will be ready for any power outage. Give us a call at 301-469-7800 to learn more about our generators and receive a free quotation today!

In the Event of a Natural Disaster, Backup Power Saves The Day

Over the last decade or so, there have been millions of people all across America who have been left without power due to natural disasters. From hurricanes in places like Texas, Florida, and New Jersey to flooding in certain areas in Illinois, the changing climate has wreaked havoc on many homeowners and forced them to spend days, and in some cases, even weeks, living without power.

In the event of a natural disaster, a backup generator can absolve any doubt and fear associated with such a tragedy.

Hurricanes

Hurricanes bring a lot of water with them, but they also bring a lot of wind. That wind is usually to blame for wide scale power outages. The wind can knock down power lines and make it impossible for people to get access to power for days.

With a backup generator, you can keep the power coming to your home, even in the event of a power outage in your area.

Winter Storms

Winter storms can dump inches and even feet of snow and ice on different states throughout the country. This snow and ice can weigh down tree branches and force them to fall and knock down power lines. The snow and ice can also sit on the power lines themselves and lead to power outages. This can be dangerous because winter storms also tend to bring arctic blasts along with them, and the last thing you want is for your home to be freezing-cold in the winter.

Outside of being uncomfortable, a cold home can also lead to frozen pipes and flooding in homes. A backup generator can help you prevent these problems.

Floods

Floods can occur for any number of reasons. In some cases, abnormally large amounts of rain can lead to flooding. In others, melting snow and ice can cause water to overtake a city and lead to flooding. Regardless of the reason, flooding can knock out power and make it tough for emergency crews to reach sites to restore it.

In the event this happens, you will be glad you have a backup generator to keep the electricity coming into your home despite the conditions.

There are a lot of reasons to consider investing in a backup generator—and there are likely going to be even more reasons in the future.

Climate change continues to play a role in the weather patterns in the U.S., and experts predict things can only get worse.

Kinzie Backup Generator Systems can reduce the effects experienced during a power outage by providing you with a top-of-the-line backup generator. Call us at 301-469-7800 for more information on the installation process.

Push for Backup Generator Laws in Nursing Homes Continue

The importance of having backup generators in nursing homes and assisted living facilities has become paramount following the devastation of Hurricane Irma this summer. Push for Backup Generator in Nursing Homes Continue

The category-4 hurricane tore through Florida’s gulf coast this past August, leaving several facilities without power and several residents defenseless against Florida’s summer heat. For one facility in particular, the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills in California, the extreme conditions cost the lives of 14 of their residents, who succumbed to symptoms caused by heat exposure. State regulators have since shut the facility down, and the deaths of 12 residents were deemed homicides, though no charges have been filed against any one individual as of this post.

This senseless tragedy could have been averted if the facility had invested in a backup generator, which would have allowed for the building’s air conditioning system to remain functional.

Following the tragedy at Hollywood Hills, Florida state lawmakers took swift legal measures to ensure that it would become the exception, not the rule. On Sept. 16, Florida Governor Rick Scott issued an emergency rule requiring nursing homes and assisted living facilities to install backup generators with 96 hours-worth of fuel within 90 days. The Florida Department of Veteran’s Affairs acted quickly and, in early October, were approved for $3 million in funding to install generators and make all veteran’s nursing homes compliant with the rule.

In November, Florida State Senator Gary Farmer, D-Lighthouse Point, filed State Senate Bill 896, which would make Gov. Scott’s rule state law and impose other measures to impose more oversight on nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

Though some detractors of Sen. Farmer’s bill argue the measure is too large a financial burden to impose on these facilities, it begs the question: isn’t it costlier to put lives at risk?

If you want to learn more about how Kinzie Backup Generator Systems can help you protect your customers and theirs, give us a call or contact us online today!

Businesses that Need Backup Generators

Backup generators are responsible for saving lives and businesses when the power goes out. When you take a closer look at all of the ways you use electricity on a daily basis, it’s easy to see that you don’t want to be without power if you can help it. For some businesses, it’s even more important than others to have a backup generator. Not having one could prove very costly.

Is your business protected? Let’s take a look at a few businesses that should have a backup generator on hand for emergencies.

Bakeries Businesses that Need Backup Generators

When it comes to places that need backup generators, places that deal with food and health code regulations such as restaurants usually come to mind. Unfortunately, most people don’t think about a small bakery needing that same backup.

A bakery has the same health codes that a restaurant has, and while a lot of the inventory may be shelf-stable, there are a lot of delicate ingredients such as butter, eggs, fruit, and cream that could quickly be destroyed.

Landlords

As a landlord, you can really improve your tenant’s experience, reduce your turnover rate, and create a competitive edge by having backup generators on your properties. Not having to worry about losing power goes a long way with tenants, which means you can set the rent a little higher and you probably won’t have to worry about having empty properties for very long.

Construction Sites

When it comes to construction, you may use a backup generator for backup if you lose electricity, but more than likely, that generator will be the only source of power you have on new construction sites. Having one you can rely on is essential to finishing the job on time.

Office Buildings

You may not think about your office building as needing a backup generator because no lives or inventory are at risk if the power goes out, right? While this is true, it interrupts the workflow and could potentially mean missing deadlines and losing important accounts.

If you run a business that can’t afford to lose power, you need a backup generator you can trust. Call Kinzie Backup Generator Systems at 301-469-7800 today to discuss an installation.

The Kinzie Advantage: What Our Customers Have to Say

At Kinzie Backup Generator Systems, we pride ourselves on being a community-minded company; just ask the dozens of satisfied customers who call us at a moment’s notice when there is a power outage in their homes.

Over the years, we have kept the customer-written letters that exemplify what Kinzie Backup Generators stand for, and we want to share those with you.

The Kinzie Advantage: What Our Customers Have to SayProfessionalism

The Kinzie Advantage is about upholding excellence in service and quality, and we do that at all costs:

“The real measure of a contractor is how he behaves when something unexpected happens…I don’t even know how much that cost was, because Kinzie absorbed it without even mentioning that fact to me. That’s how you want a reputable contractor to behave.”

Trouble-Shooting

Our twice-a-year maintenance contract is put in place to ensure the seamless operation of your machine after the initial installation:

 “The work was done quickly and professionally. Several sub-contractors were involved, and their work was scheduled and managed perfectly. A few months after installation we had a small problem with noise; Kinzie solved it for us right away. The twice-a-year maintenance contract has been a comfort as well.” 

Reliability

Our customers know that Kinzie backup generators are trusted and reliable:

 “I thought you folks might like to know…the storm brought down some trees in the Village.  We had a multi-hour power outage yesterday, and we’re having another one as I write this.  The generator worked like a champ.”

Quick Response Time

And that we have fast turn-around because we understand the severity of the situation:

“…was extremely responsive and did a very good job. I would highly recommend to others.”

There are many advantages to having a Cummins backup generator installed in your home by Kinzie Backup Generator Systems. Visit our facts page for a complete list of features.

Why You Need a Generator in Your Home This Winter

Winter brings more than plush falling snow over ice-capped hills; it can also rear its ugly head in the form of harsh winter storms, savagely wiping out your home’s power. When this happens, you’ll need a plan B: a backup generator. Here’s why.

Why You Need a Generator in Your Home This Winter

Functionality

If your power goes out, you can’t function properly. Food will spoil because the fridge isn’t powered. That’s a lot of money gone to waste, especially if power is out for an extended period of time. What about your home’s security? Power outages affect home security systems. Home medical equipment that also depends on power to operate is also affected. This could gravely become a life or death situation if there is no quick way of turning the power back on.

Stay Warm

If you’re going to be cooped up in your house for a few days because of piling snow, you’ll want to be comfortable in your home. That means taking safety into your own hands by making sure you have backup heat. This is especially true if you own a home-based business. Your livelihood depends on it!

Prevent Flooding

Without backup power, how will you be able to run your sump pump? You’re going to need it if runoff from melting ice and snow flows into your basement, which is detrimental to the structure of your home and will result in costly repairs.

At Kinzie Backup Generator Systems, we’ve seen the damage a brutal winter storm can do to the functioning of a home. That’s why we use a top-rated line of Cummins Generators during our installations. Find out how resilient these machines really are in the face of ugly winter weather!

The Ins and Outs of Your Generator’s Self-Testing System

As mentioned in our previous blog post, one of the most beneficial features on your backup generator is the self-testing feature. Here’s a breakdown of how the test works.

The Ins and Outs of Your Generator’s Self-Testing SystemHow It’s Done

Any problem with your standby generator is diagnosed through an indoor remote monitor during this weekly test. More modern Cummins units have the ability to transmit data to a computer or smart phone. The data transmitted helps determine whether your standby generator is in need of any repair work, so when you call the maintenance team, they are already up to date on your issue. Make sure you are checking this test weekly, as on-going generator maintenance is necessary to ensure your generator is in secure working order during unexpected power outage situations.

What to Expect

Newer generators are relatively quiet while conducting this 10-15 minute test. Expect to hear a low rumble-like noise that is less of a nuisance than in older models. We suggest investing in a generator with a quiet mode so that you are not disrupting the surrounding homes around your neighborhood. Many neighborhoods abide by strict noise codes throughout the daytime and nighttime.

What It Detects

The self-testing feature on a backup generator identifies a host of potential problems, including but not limited to over crank in cold weather if the generator does not include a heat kit, lack of fuel, or faulty fuel feed. These problems are easy to identify over the phone when you call the maintenance team.

More people are relying on backup home generators because of their modern capabilities. If you are interested in learning more about the Cummins backup generator models we use, don’t hesitate to contact us today.

Benefits of Investing in Regular Generator Maintenance

Your backup generator is probably something you tend to forget about until you really need it. If it’s not properly maintained though, it could let you down when you need it most.

Don’t get caught in the dark! Today we’ll look at a few important benefits of investing in regular generator maintenance.

Save money

Although you will have to pay a modest fee to maintain and service your generator, adhering to a regular maintenance routine can actually save you money in the long run.

Businesses can lose tons of money if they’re forced to close their doors during long power outages, for example. Homeowners, meanwhile, can face their own set of costly issues when the power goes out. Sump pumps stop draining water from basements, heaters stop warming cold pipes and refrigerators stop preserving perishable food items.

A well-maintained generator can last for tens of thousands of hours. If properly taken care of, your generator could continue to serve you through years of power outages.

Avoid costly repairs or replacement

Regular maintenance can prevent and correct a variety of issues such as algae buildup in the fuel system, clogged fuel injectors and dead batteries. If left unchecked, some of these issues could permanently damage your generator, forcing you to invest in expensive repairs or purchase a new one. With proper maintenance, you can avoid all these problems and more.

Reduce risk

Power outages can be downright dangerous during extreme weather events, particularly if you have family members with health concerns. Having a well-maintained generator on hand in case of weather emergencies can ensure that everyone stays safe during prolonged power outages.

Finally, remember to pay close attention to your generator’s weekly test schedule. Once a week, your generator’s motor should kick on for 10-15 minutes to perform a self-diagnostic test. If it misses this test, it means that something is wrong and you should notify your maintenance team immediately.

If it’s been a while since your generator was last serviced, Kinzie Backup Generator Systems can work with you to develop an effective maintenance plan for the future. Give us a call or contact us online to learn more.