SOURCE: Generac


September 03, 2015 09:30 ET

Prepare Now to Avoid Unexpected 'Surprises' This Storm Season

National Preparedness Month Reminds Us the Time to Prepare Your Home Is Now

WAUKESHA, WI--(Marketwired - September 03, 2015) - America's leading name in home backup power, Generac Power Systems, is partnering with home expert Danny Lipford during National Preparedness Month to help homeowners prepare for any type of severe weather, including winter storms.

"September is the ideal month to address proper storm preparedness," explained Clement Feng, senior vice president of marketing at Generac. "At the same time homeowners begin preparing for winter storm season, the potential threat from hurricanes becomes more apparent all while many parts of the country are still experiencing summer heat threats. The timing truly is an influx of extreme weather."

"The areas that homeowners should address in advance of changing temperatures include energy efficiency, backup power supply and heating system safety and comfort," Lipford said. "Taking measures now to prepare homes for the cooler fall temperatures and extreme winter weather ahead of time can help prevent major issues later on."

Homeowners who may feel overwhelmed should break down winter preparedness projects into manageable tasks they can tackle a bit at a time. Taking the time to seal a window or have the heating system serviced will pay off in the cooler months with energy savings and a toasty inside temperature, helping keep families comfortable despite what's happening outside.

Sealing the envelope of the home has become one of the most important tasks for homeowners in terms of energy efficiency. A few simple steps homeowners can take to keep the warm air in and the cold air out with the change of seasons include:

  • Sealing drafty or single-pane windows with a DIY insulating roll-on kit
  • Making doors airtight with weather stripping and draft seals
  • Having a professional check for leaks in ductwork and service the heating system

In addition, consumers should prepare for outages this winter. The increasingly unpredictable nature of weather patterns and threats to our infrastructure pose a hefty warning to our electrical power systems. Generac Power Systems offers a broad range of automatic home backup generators that turn on automatically in the event of an outage, ensuring life goes on as usual despite dangerous power outages.

"If homeowners don't have an automatic home backup generator, they should consider purchasing a portable generator, such as the new, amazingly quiet Generac iQ2000 inverter generator, which can power devices like televisions and radios, charge cell phones, or even run a space heater in the event of a power outage," Lipford said.

National Preparedness Month is a good reminder for homeowners to prepare for the upcoming winter months in order to avoid disasters -- and the potentially hefty price tag that many times come with them.

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