Can I Shower During a Power Outage?

Sudden power outages are a considerable pain for any homeowner in Tampa or the surrounding areas. They tend to rob us of a lot of our daily comforts, and can even drastically impact simple day to day tasks! But does an outage rob you of showering as well, or can you just go about your business in this regard? Follow along with the experts at Hoffman Electrical & A/C today while we discuss the topic.

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What’s the Problem?

Your power’s the thing that’s off, so why worry about the shower, right? Well the question is one regarding exactly how you get your water. Most homes rely on either a hot water heater, an electrical well pump, or a tankless heater system or boiler. See the problem? All of these require electricity to function.

There are a few exceptions, which we’ll get to in a moment, but most systems need electrical power in order to operate. Now with that said not all hope is lost for your hot shower dreams. Let's go over the possible scenarios here:

But Is It Safe?

Worried because a storm is what knocked out your electricity? There’s actually very little to worry about in that regard! The whole struck by lightning in a shower thing is kind of a tall tale. The only real danger is the lack of light, and for that we recommend a battery-powered lantern for safety. Avoid candles or gas lamps, since they can fall over and start a fire.

For Showers Any Time, Choose a Generator!

Want to ensure you can shower no matter what, as well as keep the lights on, the furnace running, and your fridge in proper order? If so, it’s time to get a generator for your home. Standby generators are a modest investment that can pay you back considerably in convenience and cost. There are a lot of options available, too, so you can choose the investment that suits your specific needs best.

Interested in learning more about generator and backup power solutions near your Tampa home? Contact Hoffman Electrical & A/C today or call 866-238-3243!

Why You Need a Generator During a Hurricane

Over the past few years tropical storms and major weather have become much more common, and have put many Tampa area homeowners on guard. Which is very good—caution and preparation are the keys to a safe home, and at Hoffman Electrical & A/C we like to do all we can to help our clients be ready for anything.

Last month we touched on the basics of hurricane and flooding safety, covering both electrical safety and a bit on overall preparedness. Today we’d like to go a step further with one specific point from that post: how a home generator can help you stay safe and comfortable.

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Why Backup Power Is So Important

There’s convenience, of course. Keeping your lights on, HVAC systems running, and television in working order are all great benefits to being equipped with a generator system. But in the end the true and vital benefits are those based in both safety, and in cost prevention.

Generators add considerable safety benefits to an equipped home. Lights on means no slipping or falling, and being able to react with accuracy in a time of crisis. Keeping food from spoiling is important, too, both in a cost perspective and a practical one. And televisions and radios in working order help you to keep tuned-in to crucial details of the current situation.

But the bottom line is this: you never know how long you’ll have to go without power.

Outages in Tampa and St. Petersburg can be as brief as a couple of hours, but they’re similarly likely to be out for days, weeks, or even more if local power supply has been damaged severely. During this time life must go on, and that means cooking, cleaning, being comfortable, and being capable of performing simple daily tasks, all of which require electrical power.

Whole-Home Generators Are Ideal for the Gulf Coast Area

A portable generator is a really decent idea, and can help you keep a vital part of your home working under poor conditions. But a whole-home generator system is 10 steps better. Whole-home systems can power lights, HVAC, kitchens, even more—helping you stay plugged up and distress-free even in the worst weather. And around here (especially in recent years), that means a lot.

The Benefits of a Whole-Home Generator

With a new whole-home standby generator you can expect a lot of benefits:

Install a Home Standby Generator with Hoffman Electrical & A/C

Whether you want power restored automatically (without power loss delay) or you have a portable generator that you would like to use with a manual transfer switch, Hoffman Electrical & A/C can provide you with the generator and transfer switch wiring that you need. It doesn’t matter what sort of generator issue you are having, give us a call if you live in the Clearwater area. Whether you want to install a new generator or repair and maintain an older one, Hoffman Electrical & A/C can help.

Contact us today to schedule your home standby generator service from Hoffman Electrical & A/C! We have been servicing the Tampa area since 1989!

Electrical Safety During Hurricane Season

With our foot firmly in the door of hurricane season in Florida, it’s wise to turn to some prevention and safety in order to prepare your home for potential risks. Our electrical systems stand exposed to (and stand to potentially cause) tons of damage in hurricane weather, and you need to be as equipped as possible in order to stay safe. That’s why the team at Hoffman Electrical & A/C has prepared a quick and easy safety guide for your use!

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Hurricane Electrical Safety

Because the dynamic changes a bit according to the situation at hand, it is best to look at your preparation and proceedings in three parts: before, during, and after.

How You Can Plan to Stay Safe

There are a few things you can do to beef up your home safety, as well as reduce the risks of power or function loss in lesser storms or thunderstorms:

What to do When a Hurricane Is Imminent

Once the weather has been declared, there are some vitally important things that must get done before the storm hits in earnest. Be certain to:

After the Storm

The best thing you can do after is a storm is stay where you are as long as the area remains safe! Venturing out can lead you to downed power lines or exposed live wires, which can result in electrical shock or electrocution.

Stay Safe with Electrical Services from Hoffman Electrical & A/C

Hoffman Electrical & A/C is a family owned and operated business serving the Tampa and Brandon, Florida communities since 1989. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff of electricians install, repair, and perform regular maintenance check-ups in Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. When you need an electrician in your home, let our family help yours! We provide a variety of in-home electrical services, including installations, repair, and routine maintenance. Not only do we offer high-quality installs, we’ll also make sure your equipment continues to work efficiently and safely.

For electrical services in Tampa, Brandon, Clearwater, St. Petersburg, or their surrounding areas, contact us online or call us at (866) 238-3243 today!

What to Do During a Power Outage in Florida

To Tampa residents, power outages are nothing new. We’ve dealt with all kinds of crazy storms and annoying weather in our time here, and it can be quite flustering if you’re not sure how to handle things. But if you’re prepared and know what to do, an outage can become little more than brief annoyance. Find out what to do during an outage with the help of the experts at Hoffman Electrical & A/C!

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What to Do During a Power Outage: Safety Tips

The first and foremost thing of importance is, of course, safety! Outages come with some pretty big potential dangers, and being ready with the proper knowledge and equipment can keep you and your loved ones safe. When an outage occurs, be sure to do these:

Preparing for Power Outages: Generators

Keeping a stock of good flashlights and preserved food is always a good idea, but if you want to take things a step further and really prep your home, nothing beats a standby generator. A reliable generator supplies your home with the power it needs to remain functional or nearly fully functional in a time of emergency or even during a simple grid outage.

This is indispensable for Florida home and commercial business owners, as it allows us to essentially go on with our lives in the face of an outage, or can help us stay safe in the face of an emergency. The worst thing about an outage is its unpredictability and a generator works around the problem flawlessly.

Home Standby Generator Services from Hoffman Electrical & A/C

Whether you want power restored automatically (without power loss delay) or you have a portable generator that you would like to use with a manual transfer switch, Hoffman Electrical & A/C can provide you with the generator and transfer switch wiring that you need. It doesn’t matter what sort of generator issue you are having, give us a call if you live in the Clearwater area. Whether you want to install a new generator or repair and maintain an older one, Hoffman Electrical & A/C can help.

Contact us today to schedule your home standby generator service from Hoffman Electrical & A/C! We have been servicing the Tampa area since 1989!

Hurricane Preparation: Home Standby Generators

As a Florida resident, you should know summer and early fall mark hurricane season. These storms can reach wind speeds exceeding 155 miles per hour and create storm surges that flood properties in coastal areas. Hurricanes cause catastrophic damage to anything in their path.

If such a storm hit your neighborhood tomorrow, would you be ready? If you’re not sure, consider this checklist to see if you’re prepared for a hurricane.

How a Standby Generator Helps Homeowners Prepare for a Hurricane

If you’re not in an evacuation zone during a hurricane, you may choose to stay in your home. However, if the power goes out, you could be left in the dark. With a standby generator, you are well prepared to ride out the storm.

What do Generators Power?

You may not realize the extent of your dependence on electricity until the power goes out. Only then does it occur to you that dozens of household devices require electricity to function. The most important things to power during a hurricane include:

Benefits of Installing a Standby Generator

You may hesitate to purchase a standby generator, thinking perhaps you don’t really need one. However, if a devastating storm ever knocks out the power for hours, days or even weeks, you’ll quickly realize how important electricity is in your daily life. The benefits of having a standby generator include the following:

Standby Generator Installation in Tampa & St. Petersburg, FL

Hoffman Electrical & A/C provides different types and sizes of standby generators to match your budget and meet your needs. Like you, our business is also susceptible to the damaging elements of a hurricane. Our home offices are in both Tampa and St. Petersburg, FL, so we know how important a home standby generator is to riding out a storm.

Our electricians are industry certified and trained to install Generac standby generators. Generac is one of the best generator manufacturers available on the market, so you can rest assured you and your family can enjoy the comfort of your home through the scariest of hurricanes.

To learn more about finding the right generator for you, please contact us today!

**Follow television and radio updates for evacuation information if you are in the direct path of a hurricane when it hits landfall.