NEWINGTON - Recent tornadoes and heat waves have left some residents scrambling to make certain their home cooling systems are working properly.
It’s also been a busy time for employees at Connecticut Home Generators, who work to keep residential and commercial appliances operating in every kind of disaster. Newington is home to the state’s largest generator showroom, at 72 Pane Road. The facility also houses CT Electric Car and Newington Electric Co.
Generator division manager Bruce Smedick says that while this is not the company’s busiest time of year, it is a smart time to consider investing in a generator.
“In Connecticut we don’t lose power much in the summertime,” he pointed out. “More typically in fall and winter.”
Rocky Hill resident Nahum Levine was grateful to have a working generator when his home went dark last year.
“You never know when it’s going to go out,” he said. “With this automatic system I have, it works perfectly. The lights went out for 20 seconds and then the power came back on; it was like you didn’t even notice.”
Levine used to have a portable generator that he took out in emergencies and operated himself. He lugged the gas can out to refill the machine and made any necessary repairs himself. As he and his wife got older, it was time for the family to upgrade.
“My wife is handicapped and I needed something more reliable,” Levine explained. “Now if I’m away from home she doesn’t have to worry.”
CT Home Generators installed his 10kW Kohler and receives direct notifications of any system issues. Service manager Ben Budnik and his team go out to make repairs and attend to service problems.
“In any kind of emergency it’s important we can reach customers fast,” Budnik said.
This is especially true when a customer uses their generator to operate medical equipment.
“We put in a lot of time and effort to make sure our customers are happy,” Smedick added.
The showroom features Generac, Kohler and Briggs & Stratton brand generators. Different models range in price from $1,500 to 10,000, depending on which appliances they are hooked up to run.
CT Home Generators has been in business since 1958. Service mechanics are factory trained to work on any system, even those that were not installed by the company.
“We categorize generators in two groups: needs and wants,” Smedick said.
Some homeowners only need the guarantee that their heat will be restored during a power outage. Other people want that backup for air conditioning as well, along with lights and other systems.
“I go out myself and look at every job we do to see what customers’ needs are,” Smedick said.
Levine remembers working on a special kind of generator in the U.S. Air Force, one that supplied planes.
He enjoyed talking with Smedick and Budnik about the different models available and learning how each one worked. He also appreciated their expertise in selecting and installing the right choice for his family.
“I’m the type of person, I like to know how things run,” he said.
Erica Drzewiecki can be reached at 860-8015097 or email@example.com.