It’s Standby Generator Season. Is Your Home Prepared?

Recent natural disasters are a tragic reminder of the damage and havoc that severe weather events can cause. In northern New Jersey, we are not typically prone to all-out hurricanes and tornadoes are rare—but gale force winds, heavy snows and ice can and do cause widespread power outages to homes and businesses.

A powerful proactive measure is to install a standby home generator. At Bloomfield Cooling, Heating & Electric, Inc. we are a certified dealer and installer of high-quality Generac and Honeywell generators, with industry-leading features that help keep the lights on and appliances running when the power grid is down or power to a location is out.

These hardworking, corrosion-resistant workhorses provide automatic backup power during a power outage, fueled by liquid propane or your home’s natural gas supply. Some models of these standby home generators are now Wi-Fi-equipped, enabling homeowners to more easily and better monitor their system. The Mobile Link™ remote monitoring system lets owners get and share information about the home standby generator from anywhere, 24/7 on any device—a computer, smartphone, or tablet.

Benefits of Wi-Fi on a home generator
– Get notifications of changes in the generator’s operating status
– View the generator’s status and maintenance needs
– Preset the performance test schedule
– Review operation and maintenance history – monitor its service intervals to ensure routine maintenance is performed
– Connect with your dealer for troubleshooting and service needs

Generac home generators come with user-friendly controls with a multilingual LCD display. The controls allow owners to monitor the equipment’s battery status and track maintenance intervals to keep the unit performing at its best. They also run more quietly than other brands and consume less fuel.

Need more reasons to go with Generac or Honeywell standby home generators?

  • The unit’s smart technology monitors ambient temperature; that means the engine can warm up prior to taking on load in cold conditions, which reduces wear on the engine.
  • The oil filtration feature removes debris, which improves the engine’s durability and delivers a longer engine life.
  • A thermal safety switch shuts down the engine and sends an alarm if engine temperatures aren’t optimal; this eliminates premature engine failure by avoiding excess heat.
  • The low oil pressure sensor shuts down the engine proactively to prevent damage.

Don’t let your home—and your family—be caught unaware and in the dark. Contact Bloomfield Cooling, Heating & Electric for a free consultation about a standby home generator, installed by our certified technicians and backed by a five-year manufacturer’s warranty. If you already have one installed and you’d like to learn more about proper maintenance, watch our informative video, and ask us about our generator maintenance plan.

How to Choose a Quality, Reliable HVAC Contractor

Like any type of contractor, choosing a good HVAC contractor takes some vetting on the homeowner’s part. Here are some things to look for and look into before you sign that contract for a new heating & air conditioning system for your home.

  1. The HVAC contractor should be licensed. No one can afford to have an unlicensed individual working on their gas lines, disposing properly of refrigerant, or performing electrical work. In New Jersey, HVACR (heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration) contractors are licensed by the State Board of Examiners This entity protects consumers by ensuring that the HVACR contractor does all work in compliance with State law, and that the contractors meet all educational and other requirements for licensure. Bloomfield Cooling, Heating & Electric, Inc. is Master HVACR Contractor #19HC00144800
  2. Get written estimates. There is no such thing as a real quote over the phone. Compare cost, energy efficiency and warranties among the various bids you get from licensed and insured contractors. The one you select should adhere to the written bid.
  3. Expect a thorough in-home evaluation. The HVAC contractor needs to survey your home thoroughly, measure the rooms, examine your insulation and existing ducting (if applicable), and look at many other factors that go into the calculation for your custom HVAC installation.
  4. The new system should be right-sized for your home. Size and load is very important to ensure your home will be comfortable all year ’round and that the system is not overtaxed in terms of heating and cooling efficiently.
  5. How to Choose a Reliable HVAC Contractor - Bloomfield Cooling, Heating & Electric

  6. Make sure your new unit is really new. The average lifespan of an HVAC unit is about years (in terms of its efficiency), and technology continually improves system and energy efficiency. Don’t get stuck with the company’s old inventory! A properly licensed HVAC contractor will recommend newer options to bring your home up to date. It’s helpful to know the make and model of your current system, its age, and its maintenance history as a baseline.
  7. Don’t always go with price. You know the expression, “You get what you pay for?” There’s a reason why it’s true! With your HVAC system being the most complicated (or only) mechanical system in your home, it pays to go with the contractor who delivers the best value for the money—in terms of equipment, service, and support. The most inexpensive bid may cost you more in the long run because of unanticipated maintenance and repairs or higher energy costs due to an insufficient system.
  8. Get referrals, read reviews, research. Ask your friends and family who they refer for this important project and go online to read reviews from customers. Also ask the HVAC contractor for references and contact them for find out about the installation experience and service performance. Check the Division of Consumer Affairs and the Better Business Bureau to see if there are any legitimate complaints lodged against the company.

At Bloomfield Cooling, Heating & Electric, all our technicians are properly trained and certified to perform the work they do in your home—whether a new installation, routine maintenance, or system repair. And, our company is licensed and insured to meet all State of New Jersey requirements, and a multiple award winner for the high level of service we deliver to our customers throughout northern New Jersey. For a free evaluation of your current HVAC system or information about installing a new one, contact us at info@bloomfieldcooling.com or 973-237-0505.