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Debunking the Myths: Fat Loss & Muscle Growth

We’re halfway through our first fitness challenge and ACF contestants are still going strong!  It’s exciting to see the changes in people’s attitudes towards nutrition and fitness.  The best part about this contest is experiencing first hand that fat loss and muscle gain are better indicators of progress than the pounds displayed on the scale.  But wait!  How exactly is fat banished from the body and what does it take for muscle tissue to grow?

MYTH: Fat is burned as energy (heat)

The desire to lose fat or maintain weight is the most popular trigger that kicks off a fitness journey.  Most people feel more energized throughout the day when they exercise regularly.  Perhaps this is why there is a common misconception that fat turns into energy (or heat) when it is “burned.”

FACT:

Imagine…if fat burning produced heat, a boot camp session could literally become an explosive event!  Believe it or not, it’s mostly your breathing (exhaling) that rids your body of that pesky fat.

How can that be…How does that work…you can find out by watching this short video:

Myth: Boost your Protein & Cut your Carbs to Build Muscle

Low-carb diets have gained a lot of popularity over the past several years.  It seems so easy – cut one thing out of your diet and watch the pounds melt away!  While these diets may help you lose weight, they won’t necessarily benefit your body strength and/or exercise efforts.

Fact:

Don’t break up with carbs completely if you want to gain strength.  The process of hypertrophy (muscle gain) requires exercise along with rest and balanced nutrition.

Your body needs:

  • Carbohydrates to fuel those workouts
  • Protein to help your muscles repair
  • A good night’s sleep to give your body time to recover

For an entertaining lesson on how your body’s muscle tissue grows, check out this video:

Know your body and give it “preventative maintenance” …your life depends on it!

There are no shortcuts when it comes to getting fit, but the rewards of success make every challenging step worthwhile.  For most of us, progress is gradual and results may not be visible for several weeks…so don’t give up!  Once you see and feel the changes in your body, you’ll be glad you stuck with it!

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ACF, Inc. is ‘The logical choice.’

So whether your business is in Tampa, Orlando, or anywhere else in Florida we can provide the quality repair service your business can depend on. Find out why thousands of our customers have depended on us!

We offer expanded service capabilities throughout the state of Florida with offices in TampaOrlandoJacksonville and MelbourneParts stocked locally throughout Florida. Our service team is available 24-hour / 7 days a week. We offer repair, preventative maintenance programs and installation of air compressors systems and generators for commercial and industrial clients.

Let us share our expertise with you today! 813-621-9671.

Nutrition on the Go

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ACF’s Biggest Winner Contest is officially in full‑swing! If our contestants have learned anything about this process so far, it’s that life doesn’t slow down just because we are changing our lifestyles! We’re thinking to ourselves…

Balancing family, work, life can be hectic…and now I have to be conscious of what I eat AND make time to exercise? What a daunting thought!

When life gets busy, it’s so easy to fall back into those old eating habits.  This is why preparation and knowledge are the most important tools in your tool belt!  Let’s talk about some ways you can avoid those tempting treats, and what you can enjoy instead – minus the guilt!

You can explore healthy options FAST!

Between travelling for work, entertaining clients, social outings, or life-on-the-run you probably won’t be able to avoid eating out entirely.  But don’t despair!  Many eateries are providing nutrition information, making it easier than ever to stay on track.  So next time you find yourself invited to lunch during the workweek, try one of these strategies:

  1. Run a quick search online: Simply access your search engine of choice and type “[Restaurant Name] nutrition info.”  There are several websites dedicated to arming consumers with knowledge – helping you meet your wellness goals!

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  2. Check out the HealthyOut app: If you need to get the facts on several restaurant options, let HealthyOut come to the rescue!  Enter your dietary preferences (High Protein, Heart Healthy, Vegetarian, etc.) and your zip code (or use location service), and the app will provide you with dishes at nearby restaurants that meet your needs.  You can even select a meal and see healthy modifications that you can make!

Quick Grab-n-Go Meals for LE$$

Eating out is fun and convenient, but rarely is it cost-effective.  Yet, for so many of us, finding time to cook seems nearly impossible when we’re already juggling work, family, and keeping up with personal responsibilities.  No wonder people turn to drive-thru and delivery!
If making delicious and healthy meals every day simply doesn’t work for you, then try preparing a few grab-n-go meals on a convenient day. If you don’t know where to start, check out these recipes for Healthy Breakfast Cups or Quick Low-Calorie Lunches.  When Monday morning rolls around, you’re ahead of the game! Just grab-n-go with a few healthy snacks!  And on that note…

Enjoy Your Snacks Wisely!

There’s something about the period of time between meals that just triggers the munchies. Most of us actually need a few snacks to keep ourselves going throughout the day, and there’s nothing wrong with that!

When you stop at a gas station or convenience store for a quick pick-me-up, you know that you are going to be bombarded with temptations as soon as you walk through the door.  Don’t give in!  You can almost always find a relatively healthy option – no matter what your taste buds are asking for:

  1. Craving something CRUNCHY? Try some veggie chips, pretzels, or nuts!  Just make sure you get a low-sodium option and stick to the suggested serving size.
  2. Craving something MEATY? Packets of tuna or salmon are great for on-the-
    go.  Jerky can also be a great option, but steer clear of the brands that are high in sodium and sugar.
  3. Craving something REFRESHING? Celery sticks or apple slices make a great vehicle for nut butter, and they are terrific options when you don’t want to eat anything too heavy.  Plus, celery is a great source of calcium – who knew?
  4. Craving some CAFFIENE? Walk away from sugary smoothies, energy drinks, or bottled Frappuccino. Instead, seek out some acai juice or coconut water for a boost of energy without the caffeine!  If those options aren’t available to you, there’s always good old‑fashioned iced tea with little or no sugar…add lemon/orange slices for extra zing.
  5. And finally…craving something SWEET? That’s right, there’s still room for dessert in your new life!  Indulge your sweet tooth with a serving of dark chocolate (with at least 70 percent cacao) or an all-fruit popsicle, completely guilt-free!

Our hectic lives can often be a stumbling block towards becoming healthier, but a little creativity and dedication will help you meet your wellness goals.  Even better, finding solutions that don’t leave you feeling deprived will help you make these changes a LIFESTYLE, not a diet.

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ACF, Inc. is ‘The logical choice.’

So whether your business is in Tampa, Orlando, or anywhere else in Florida we can provide the quality repair service your business can depend on. Find out why thousands of our customers have depended on us!

We offer expanded service capabilities throughout the state of Florida with offices in TampaOrlandoJacksonville and MelbourneParts stocked locally throughout Florida. Our service team is available 24-hour / 7 days a week. We offer repair, preventative maintenance programs and installation of air compressors systems and generators for commercial and industrial clients.

Let us share our expertise with you today! 813-621-9671.

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ACF POWERS UP FOR WELLNESS

With the hustle and bustle of tight schedules and a fast-paced life, taking care of “self” can become a challenge.  ACF is responding by investing in our team members and encouraging them to take steps to raise their personal wellness bar.  We are powering up for wellness by integrating it into our everyday “work hard-play hard” culture!

Our wellness mission statement:

To encourage employees’ personal and professional productivity and their physical and mental well‑being by promoting a worksite culture that supports employees’ desire to make healthy lifestyle choices.”

Biggest Winner

On Friday, August 19, 2016, ACF will launch our first wellness initiative.  The ‘Biggest Winner Contest’ spans all our locations throughout the state. Contestants will have six weeks to gain as much muscle and lose as much fat as possible.  Those results combined, by ranking, will result in our Biggest Winners. There will be a male and female category with each having a Grand Prize, Runner Up and 2nd Runner Up.  In addition, we will have raffles for participation and for contestants who receive an annual preventative care check-up.  That’s not all!  At ACF, social responsibility is just as important.  This contest will also give back to the community through food donations in the name of each male and female grand prize winner.

Ready to make a change?  Need Resources?

Exploit your mobile devices!  Here are some resources to make healthy changes for your body and mind.

Sworkit
Available FREE on iOS and Android

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Can’t afford a gym membership?  Not sure how to create your own workout?  Don’t have the time?  Sworkit gives you the tools you need to succeed under any circumstances.  It allows you to customize and play personalized video workouts with no equipment needed!

  •   Choose from strength, cardio, yoga or stretching
  •   Workouts can be just 5 minutes or up to an hour
  •   Follow the video trainer to know exactly what to do!

MyFitnessPal
Available FREE on iOS and Android

myfitnessMyFitnessPal allows you to navigate your way through a database of restaurant menus and grocery store items to track food intake and see nutrition information.

  • Barcode scanner for food and beverage nutrition info
  • Features recipes and health tips
  • Sync to your favorite fitness tracker (Fitbit, Jawbone, etc.)

SAM
Available FREE on iOS and Android

SAM

SAM has many self-help tools to manage stress and anxiety.  Developed by a university team of psychologists, computer scientists and student users, the app provides:

  • Clearly laid out menus
  • User guidance
  • External links
  • Self-monitoring of anxiety with graphical display

Lifetick
Available FREE as a mobile link for iOS and Android 
at https://www.lifetick.com/application

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Lifetick helps you set goals by identifying core values, like “what’s really important to me?”  This allows your Lifetick goals to become more personalized.  Then, use the app features to set and track your way to success!

  • Uses SMART goal-setting method
  • Journal feature
  • Status widgets
  • Create a bucket list for your long-term future
  • Share your goals with other members for extra motivation

Here’s to your health!

 ACF, Inc. is ‘The logical choice.’

So whether your business is in Tampa, Orlando, or anywhere else in Florida we can provide the quality repair service your business can depend on. Find out why thousands of our customers have depended on us!

We offer expanded service capabilities throughout the state of Florida with offices in TampaOrlandoJacksonville and MelbourneParts stocked locally throughout Florida. Our service team is available 24-hour / 7 days a week. We offer repair, preventative maintenance programs and installation of air compressors systems and generators for commercial and industrial clients.

Let us share our expertise with you today! 813-621-9671.

Dirty Diesel Fuel

Diesel Generator Fuel Cleaning and Polishing

Prevent Costly Emergencies – Fuel Maintenance is the Key to Emergency Power Reliability

Dirty fuel, clogged filters and sludge in emergency generator fuel tanks are all primary reasons for engine down-time and power loss. In the corporate environment, it can result in lost product and productivity and worse–it exposes your company to great financial loss.

It is the condition of the fuel in your tanks that determines engine performance and emergency power reliability. Your standby power generator’s diesel engine requires optimal fuel quality for peak performance and reliability. Fuel, however, is inherently unstable and fuel breakdown is unavoidable and accelerated by heat, storage, pressure, condensation and bacterial contamination. Florida’s hot moist weather is an extremely hostile environment to fuel storage.

Fuel degradation is an inevitable, natural process. And unless an adequate fuel sampling, testing, monitoring and generator fuel cleaning program is implemented, fuel breakdown will continue to be a potentially expensive liability and a major contributor to your overall operating costs.

Dirty Fuel?

  • Are you changing your filters prior to 500 hours? Do you have excess exhaust smoke? Is your fuel stored for more than 90 days? Then it’s time to have your diesel fuel professionally cleaned.
  • Can you afford to gamble with your emergency generator engines reliability? Clean fuel is necessary for optimum engine performance. Giving your engine the best fuel possible will increase reliability and safety.
  • Would you like to reduce overall operating costs of your diesel engine? An engine that burns clean fuel will have fewer injector failures, less filter maintenance and smoke less. By reducing the overall maintenance and extending the engine’s life, you will reduce both short & long term expenses.

Symptoms in the Tank

  • Dark colored fuel
  • Slimy mass in tanks or filters
  • Water in fuel
  • Sediments
  • Unusual odor
  • Fuel system fouling
  • Unexplained contamination

Engine Symptoms

  • Dark exhaust
  • Corroded injectors
  • Clogged fuel line
  • Clogged filters

Find Out More

For detailed product specifications, key performance characteristics and installation drawings, please contact your central and northern Florida Generac Industrial Distributor, ACF Standby Systems.  ACF Standby Systems supplies reliable standby and trailer mounted generator systems to maximize our customer’s up-time and profitability through a total solutions approach and solid customer relationships.

We offer expanded service capabilities throughout the state of Florida with offices in Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville and Melbourne. Parts stocked locally throughout Florida. Our service team is available 24-hour / 7 days a week. We offer repair, preventative maintenance programs and installation of generator systems for residential, commercial, and industrial clients.

The Logical Choice! (813) 621-9671

Bill Hogan, Marketing & Technology, is with ACF Standby Systems with offices throughout Florida. For more information visit acfstandbysystems.com

Generac Generators

What’s in a Service Call?

Pretty much everything that you own will need some periodic maintenance. This is particularly the case for tools that have engines. Engines have moving parts and operate using fuel and multiple types of lubricants and filters. These factors combine to make great tools, but without maintenance, these moving parts can deteriorate and cause the engine to work more slowly.

In a state like Florida, where we experience heavy rain and wind on a regular basis, power can go out at any time. Maintenance is the best way to make sure that your generator is ready to handle your facility’s voltage requirements. Some experts even provide service plans that dictate what needs to be done service-wise, based on how many hours your generator has run. We recommend that you plan on having a comprehensive service plan that is administered by professionals. Yes, it costs a little extra, but realistically it is part of the peace of mind that having a standby system provides.

At ACF Standby Systems, we offer comprehensive service plans to make sure that your generator is in proper working order when your business needs it. We strive to work with our customers’ needs and budgets. We have some recommended service plans but would be happy to put together a service plan that meets both your budget and the requirements of your specific equipment.

Some of the services we provide include:

  • Visually and manually inspecting your generator to ensure that there are no leaks, cracks or shortages of fuel or lubricants.
  • Testing important portions of the generator such as the cooling system, block heater, turbo charger and other areas, to ensure that they are in proper working order.
  • Verifying that functional parts like belts, hoses, and spark plugs are intact and ready to perform.
  • Communicating with your staff to make sure that they know what to look for and how to handle basic maintenance issues so that your generator can stay in working order. We also provide a full report of our inspection, what we did and any recommendations we have for your system every time we come out.
  • If you opt for a major inspection, we clean and replace functional parts (spark plugs, oil filters, etc.). We can also take fuel and oil samples to be tested to ensure your system is ready to operate.
  • A service call is a way to ensure that your generator is ready to back up your business. Our service plans include more than we talked about here, but we just wanted to give you an idea of what we can do for you. Our plans can be tapered to your needs, and we will work with you to put together a plan that gives you what your generator needs. Our technicians are certified and experienced, so having us service your equipment means that it will always work.

For detailed product specifications, key performance characteristics and installation drawings, please contact your central and northern Florida Generac Industrial Distributor, ACF Standby Systems.  ACF Standby Systems supplies reliable standby and trailer mounted generator systems to maximize our customer’s up-time and profitability through a total solutions approach and solid customer relationships.We offer expanded service capabilities throughout the state of Florida with offices in Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville and Melbourne. Parts stocked locally throughout Florida. Our service team is available 24-hour / 7 days a week. We offer repair, preventative maintenance programs and installation of generator systems for residential, commercial, and industrial clients.

The Logical Choice! (813) 621-9671

Bill Hogan, Marketing & Technology, is with ACF Standby Systems with offices throughout Florida. For more information visit acfstandbysystems.com

Generac Truck

Diesel Power Combined with the Benefits of Natural Gas

As a result of providing the power of diesel with the many environmental benefits of natural gas, Generac has seen an increase in the interest and installation of its Bi-Fuel™* generators, largely due to their many advantages:

  • Extended run times
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Enhanced reliability
  • Ability to provide factory-tested and warranted units
  • Scalability as part of a Generac Modular Power System (MPS)

Bi-fuel generators provide end-users with the advantages of using both diesel and natural gas fuels while minimizing the disadvantages. Diesel fuel is used to start the engine and, as load is applied, the transition is made to a blend of diesel and natural gas. The diesel fuel remains necessary to maintain ignition of the natural gas, but in bi-fuel mode diesel consumption is only a small percentage of full diesel operation.  Utility-supplied natural gas provides extended run times, which can be a significant benefit during major storms or other events where diesel fuel deliveries can be compromised.

“The standard diesel governing system runs continuously; during sudden load changes, diesel instantly becomes the dominant fuel so the system reacts just like a typical diesel generator,” explained Mark Sweeney, Business Manager-North Central, Generac Industrial Power.

Bi-fuel generators also have lower diesel fuel management costs. With the EPA’s new regulations aimed at reducing emissions from diesel engines, the use of ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) in mandated in all standby generator applications. ULSD goes through additional refining processes which makes it less stable than traditional diesel fuel. This requires the fuel to be polished more frequently to ensure the fuel does not degrade and/or clog the engine filters. With bi-fuel generators, less diesel fuel has to be stored on-site, resulting in lower costs.

At the same time, because on-site diesel fuel is still part of the system, reliability is improved. Should the natural gas supply be interrupted, the generator can run on 100% diesel fuel. The system will automatically and seamlessly switch to 100% diesel operation with no loss of power during the transition.

Generac Bi-Fuel™ generators meet the on-site fuel requirements for emergency systems as referenced in National Electric Code 700 and National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) 110. Less on-site diesel fuel typically means easier permitting, and indoor fuel installations with capacity limits per NFPA or local codes become a viable option.

“Generac is the only manufacturer supplying bi-fuel standby generators directly from the factory, providing the key advantages of factory testing and a factory warranty,” said Sweeney. “Other manufacturers have to convert their generators to bi-fuel by adding third-party after-market equipment which can lead to problems. There is also the question of responsibility should something malfunction on the generator,” he added.

The market has shown significant interest toward products that burn inherently clean natural gas as an alternative to diesel solutions. Bi-fuel generators utilize up to 75% clean burning natural gas providing the market with another viable fuel option.

Finally, Bi-Fuel™ generators can be used as part of Generac’s innovative MPS. While it is well-known Generac’s MPS provides redundancy, flexibility and scalability in a modular type paralleling system, MPS also provides the ability to mix and match gensets.

For detailed product specifications, key performance characteristics and installation drawings, please contact your central and northern Florida Generac Industrial Distributor, ACF Standby Systems.  ACF Standby Systems supplies reliable standby and trailer mounted generator systems to maximize our customer’s up-time and profitability through a total solutions approach and solid customer relationships.

We offer expanded service capabilities throughout the state of Florida with offices in Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville and Melbourne. Parts stocked locally throughout Florida. Our service team is available 24-hour / 7 days a week. We offer repair, preventative maintenance programs and installation of generator systems for residential, commercial, and industrial clients.

Let us share our expertise with you today! (813) 621-9671

Bill Hogan, Marketing & Technology, is with ACF Standby Systems with offices throughout Florida. For more information visit acfstandbysystems.com

Tropical Storm

FLIP A COIN.

FIFTY PERCENT CHANCE OF A STORM VISITING THE SOUTH EAST

We are currently a week away the from the start of the official hurricane season and the first named storm of the season has a fifty percent chance of arriving.  Last year Ana never had a chance to hit the continental United States.  This time, it is a little different.  If the storm forms, it will be crashing Memorial Day parties throughout a large portion of the southeast.

Early May storms are rare, and this possible storm may not be packing hurricane strength winds, but the storm comes with a warning. Be prepared. All it takes is one storm, even a small one to affect your business.

The season might get off to an early start but ends in November. We at ACF Standby Systems believe that it is not only advisable but necessary to be ready for a tropical storm. During and especially after a storm has passed over, there is a chance that you and your business may be left without electricity.

  • A lack of electricity can cause multiple problems. Consider these potential benefits that you can experience if you are left without power after a storm if you are prepared.
  • Increased Revenue- If you provide products or services that people will need after a storm, it will be increasingly difficult to operate without power. Naturally, if you cannot do business, you will lose revenues. A working generator can provide you an influx of cash to pay for your post storm repairs.
  • Social Responsibility- Your customers depend on you in good times and bad. If you can do business during a blackout or after a storm, you will be there for your customers, and they will remember that. This will help down the road as it can create positive sentiment.
  • Decreased Damage to Your Facility- Without power you will be less able to address damage inside your actual facility. This can lead to structural damage and loss of equipment and files. With a working generator, you can carry on operations as soon as possible.
  • To avoid these and other issues you should take some time to prepare your generator. If you have not done it yet, take the time to follow these tips to stave off unnecessary hurricane damage
  • Make sure that your generator is a deliberate part of your emergency plan. Does it have the capacity to meet your needs? Perhaps you bought the generator several years ago and had purchased more or larger equipment since. Ensure that your generator has the wattage capacity required to operate your equipment/facility. Be sure to clear your equipment with your local electricity supplier to ensure you meet code. For a new or additional generator, we suggest you consider one of these.
  • Properly store your generator. Is a mounted generator in a location that is above potential flood levels or your portable generator stored in an area that will not be underwater? If not, relocate it immediately. Also, be sure that your generator is in a location that can accommodate the potential exhaust. This will keep your air breathable while you work after a storm.
  • Check to make sure your generator works. Start the generator to make sure that it will be ready when you need it.
  • Have the generator inspected by a professional. Even if you generator starts, you may want to consider service. Carburetor and other common problems can be avoided with timely checkups by certified service technicians.
  • Be fuel ready. Regardless of which type of fuel powers your generator in times of need, have extra on hand. Being prepared will pay dividends when the lights go out. Also, you may need to remove old fuel that has been stagnant in the tank of your generator. Certain types of fuel need to be replaced if left in the generator for an extended period.

Your generator may be just one part of your hurricane preparation, but remember how important electricity will be after a storm. Electricity will power televisions and radios that will deliver news, refrigerators that will store food and even air conditioning which may be one of the few creature comforts available directly after a storm. More importantly, it will be impossible to get computer servers and alarm systems back online or to get employees back into a functioning office without electricity.

 

For detailed product specifications, key performance characteristics and installation drawings, please contact your central and northern Florida Generac Industrial Distributor, ACF Standby Systems.  ACF Standby Systems supplies reliable standby and trailer mounted generator systems to maximize our customer’s up-time and profitability through a total solutions approach and solid customer relationships.

We offer expanded service capabilities throughout the state of Florida with offices in Tampa, Miami, Orlando, Jacksonville and Melbourne. Parts stocked locally throughout Florida. Our service team is available 24-hour / 7 days a week. We offer repair, preventative maintenance programs and installation of generator systems for residential, commercial, and industrial clients.

Let us share our expertise with you today! (813) 621-9671

Bill Hogan, Marketing & Technology, is with ACF Standby Systems with offices throughout Florida. For more information visit acfstandbysystems.com

Product of the year

My Standby Generator Failed! What Happened?

Of course, you want your standby system to be there for you when the power goes out–after all that is the only reason you bought it. But every once in a while we find that people have trouble getting what they need from their generator. Power goes down, and the generator fails to do its job. As frustrating as this is, there is always a reason for the failure. Generally speaking, there are some reasons that come up more than others when we are talking about generator failure.

  • The Battery- The number one reason that generators fail is the battery. Just like your car’s engine, your generator’s engine cannot start up without a boost from its battery. Sulfate build-up on the connecting components causes most battery failure. This build-up happens because chemicals in the battery acid discharge sulfate. The sulfate cakes up on the battery, ruining connections and ultimately the battery itself. Another common reason is that the battery loses its charge. Often after maintenance or use, people forget to make sure the battery is set to charge during down time. If the battery does not charge, it loses power and will not be ready to work when you need it.
  • Coolant Levels- Leaks are usually the culprit when it comes to low coolant levels. Without enough coolant, your generator engine will overheat and fail. Ensuring that coolant levels are correct is a major step in the maintenance process.
  • Fuel Leaks- Aside from coolant, your generator needs fuel to run. Fuel can leak in a couple of ways. The most obvious way is a crack somewhere in the fuel tank or fuel system. Fuel system leaks are caused by hoses that are too old and need to be replaced. When it comes to generators, there may be a different type of leak. “Wet stacking” happens when your generator provides itself too much fuel when it is working at a low output level. The extra fuel ends up in the exhaust system. After this happens for a while, the exhaust system has too much fuel in it to properly do its job. The excess fuel will cause the generator to fail. Once again, maintenance can make sure you avoid these issues.
  • Air in the Fuel System- Just like fuel in the exhaust is bad, air in the fuel will also leave you in a bad spot. There are several types of generator fuel; air is not one of them. If air ends up in your fuel system, your generator will not have what it needs to run. Regularly making sure that fuel is changed or added to will help you avoid this problem.
  • Human Error- As people, we sometimes make mistakes. When it comes to generators, human errors can complicate things easily. Forgetfulness is the number-one cause of human error. People forget to add fuel or to make sure that the breaker is set to provide power. They also forget to set the transfer switch so that the generator automatically takes over when the power goes down. Any of these fundamental mistakes will cause generators to fail. In a power outage, your staff will likely not think about these basic factors and will think that the failed generator is broken. Remembering to cover the basics in advance will pay off when you need backup power.

Hopefully, you never experience generator failure. A little knowledge and proper maintenance will usually make sure that you don’t.

If you do the advice of an experienced professional, why not ask us?

ACF Standby Systems supplies reliable standby and trailer mounted generator systems to maximize our customer’s uptime and profitability through a total solutions approach and solid customer relationships.

We offer expanded service capabilities throughout the state of Florida with offices in Tampa, Miami, Orlando, Jacksonville and Melbourne. Parts stocked locally throughout Florida. Our service team is available 24-hour / 7 days a week. We offer repair, preventative maintenance programs and installation of generator systems for residential, commercial, and industrial clients.

Let us share our expertise with you today! (800) 282-5359

Bill Hogan, Marketing & Technology, is with ACF Standby Systems with offices throughout Florida. For more information visit acfstandbysystems.com

Hurricane Wilma

Back to Normal a Bad Thing?

It had to happen sooner or later.  One of the strongest El Ninos on record is waning.  The system that was responsible for fewer Atlantic hurricanes is no longer offering Florida its protection.

Scientists are expecting a “near or above average probability for storms to make landfall along the United States coastline.”  What does average mean?  For Florida, it means a thirty percent chance one major hurricane will make landfall.  The chance of Florida breaking its eleven-year hurricane drought is one in three.  Maybe not good odds if you’re betting, but scary odds if you run a business.

Over three million people moved to Florida since the last major hurricane Wilma.  A lot of these are new business owners with little knowledge of how much damage a storm could do to their business.

Even a weak tropical storm can do a tremendous amount of harm to flood-soaked areas.

Make sure you and your employees will be safe and prepared. Then consider what needs to be done about your backup power.

Your generator may be just one part of your hurricane preparation, but remember how important electricity will be after a storm. Electricity will power televisions and radios that will deliver news, refrigerators that will store food and even air conditioning which may be one of the few creature comforts available directly after a storm. More importantly, it will be impossible to get computer servers and alarm systems back online or to get employees back into a functioning office without electricity.

Proper maintenance and servicing is the key to reliability. Remember the seven P’s of emergency power; Prior Proper Preventative Preparation Precludes Power Problems. You never know when the ill winds of fate will blow a storm in your direction. And Erica is a wily one.

Be fuel ready.

Regardless of which type of fuel powers your generator(s) in times of need, have extra on hand. Being prepared will pay dividends when the lights go out. Also, you may need to remove old fuel that has been stagnant in the tank of your generator.

Changing fuel and air filters.

If you have spare parts on-hand now would be a good to time to change your fuel and air filters.

Check your battery.

Every standby generator requires a battery to start the system. A battery inspection and cleaning terminal connections is recommended.

Start Generator

Check to make sure your generator works. Start the generator to make sure that it will be ready when you need it.

Last but not least, if your business is damaged remember to assess, record images, document, and report this information to your insurance company as soon as possible.

We have all our technicians on-call and ready to help with your service needs.

Interested in a business generator?  For detailed product specifications, key performance characteristics and installation drawings, please contact your central and northern Florida Generac Industrial Distributor, ACF Standby Systems.  ACF Standby Systems supplies reliable standby and trailer mounted generator systems to maximize our customer’s uptime and profitability through a total solutions approach and solid customer relationships.

We offer expanded service capabilities throughout the state of Florida with offices in Tampa, Miami, Orlando, Jacksonville and Melbourne. Parts stocked locally throughout Florida. Our service team is available 24-hour / 7 days a week. We offer repair, preventative maintenance programs and installation of generator systems for residential, commercial, and industrial clients.

Let us share our expertise with you today! (800) 282-5359

Bill Hogan, Marketing & Technology, is with ACF Standby Systems with offices throughout Florida. For more information visit acfstandbysystems.com

AIRD Trophy Awarded to Air Centers of Floirda

AIRD North American Compressed Air Distributor of the Year

Air Centers of Florida was recently rewarded for its outstanding services to its customers at the annual Association of Ingersoll Rand Distributors (AIRD) business meeting in January. The award was based on the company’s 2015 performance and service to its customer base. Air Centers of Florida was selected as the Top North American Distributor for Ingersoll Rand’s Compressed Air Systems and Services.

The award is based on the culminated performance and growth rankings from Ingersoll Rand. Every year Ingersoll Rand ranks the AIRD members. Top Performers are recognized. The overall best performer receives the Top North American Distributor for Ingersoll Rand’s Compressed Air Systems and Services.

This was a team effort. We are proud to say that our employees strive to provide reliable air compressors systems to maximize our customer’s up-time and profitability through a total solutions approach and solid customer relationships.

We take pride in our sales, service and customer relationships and Ingersoll Rand’s noticed. We take pride in the Award but we are not resting. We will continue to improve and strive to provide the best sales and service in the industry.

Air Centers of Florida offers complete compressed air solutions that deliver reliable, high-quality and energy efficient options to meet specific customer requirements. From the compressor room to your production area, we design comprehensive solutions offering Ingersoll Rand compressor systems, production tools, hoists, fluid pumps, and material handling equipment.

We offer expanded service capabilities throughout the state of Florida with offices in Tampa, Miami, Orlando, Jacksonville and Melbourne. Parts stocked locally throughout Florida. Our service team is available 24-hour / 7 days a week. We offer repair, preventative maintenance programs and installation of air compressor systems for residential, commercial, and industrial clients.

Let us share our expertise with you today! (813) 621-9671

Bill Hogan, Marketing & Technology, is with ACF, Inc. with offices throughout Florida. For more information visit http://aircentersofflorida.com