Keeping the Lights On- Generators FAQ


A power outage is a major inconvenience for any homeowner. Without power, we are unable to run appliances, charge devices, and heat or cool our homes.

Prepare your home for emergencies with a backup generator from Aire-Flo Heating & Cooling.

What is a generator and why do I need one?

A generator is a system that supplies power directly to your home’s electrical circuit breaker box when there is a power outage in your area. An automatic generator will automatically turn on quickly after your power goes out and once the power returns, shuts off. This is a great safety feature that doesn’t require any fumbling around in the dark to manually turn on the unit.

If you live in an area with extreme weather, like the blizzards, tornadoes, hurricanes, and windstorms we see here in Ohio, a backup generator is an essential part of your home’s electrical system. But, even if you don’t often experience strong weather, it is still a good idea to purchase one. Power outages can happen anywhere in an instant and no one knows how long they will last.

In the event of an outage, a backup generator will power:

  • HVAC systems
  • Lights
  • Refrigeration
  • Security systems
  • Items plugged into outlets
  • Sump pumps

If it runs on electricity there’s a good chance it’s covered by a generator.

In short, generators can support an uninterrupted movie night, prevent spoiled refrigerated and frozen food, and keep you out of the dark and cold!

How do I correctly size a generator?

The right size generator will match your home’s electrical needs. If you choose one too large or too small, you could damage your appliances or not have enough power to use them.

Think about what your home would be like without power. Use that imaginary picture to determine what you would miss the most while the power is out. From a small residential unit to an industrial-strength unit, the Aire-Flo Heating & Cooling team is qualified to help you determine what your home needs and the ability to install and maintain it.

How do I maintain my generator?

Like all electrical components of your home, your generator needs regular upkeep and maintenance. Routine check-ins from our team will help prevent further generator issues that could cost you a pretty penny down the line! Some things that your technician will look out for during your appointment are:

  • Blocked fuel injectors
  • Dying batteries
  • Dirty vents

These visits will extend the life of your generator and keep things ready for any emergencies that may pop up.

How does the installation work?

Once you’ve discussed which generator is right for your home with a technician, it’s time to get it put in place! It is crucial that a professional be the one to install your generator. Most generators run off of natural gas or electricity and the law states that proper training is required to work with gas mains or electrical wires.

Additionally, an experienced technician will know the proper connections to make, ensuring that right from the start, your generator is properly powered.

Call on the Professionals!

Our expert technicians are standing by, ready to help you choose and install the right generator for your home. Give us a call at (614) 585-8944 or contact us to schedule an appointment.