Generators are your go-to solution during power interruptions. Not having enough electricity will make it hard for your household to function normally, so it’s important that you choose a generator that is most compatible for your home and your energy requirements.
What should you consider when choosing a home generator?
- Price. When choosing a generator, consider how much you can afford to spend. Portable home generators can cost as much as $4,000, but there are options for less than $1,000. Decide on your budget before everything else.
- Size. What size generator should you use? Portable generators are normally small and can power a limited number of items. Larger home-standby generators are used to power up a whole house when necessary. And there are commercial generators capable of powering up places a lot bigger than a house. The size is also a good indicator for how long a generator can run.
- Fuel Type. There are many types of generators depending on what fuel they use to generate electricity. There are generators powered by gas, those powered by LPG (propane), some that work on diesel, and others that work on natural gas. There are advantages and disadvantages to choosing one fuel type over another, including price and availability.
- Load. Of course, you have to choose a home generator based on your electricity load requirements. Knowing just how much wattage something needs to start and keep running is important to help you determine how powerful you need your generator to be. Make a list of all the things you want to start and run with a power generator, and make sure that you cover all the necessary appliances and equipment first. Your fridge, freezer, heater, pump and water system, gas furnace and fans, stove, lighting, washing machine, radio, computer system, and many devices could very well be considered necessary. All of these things would require higher starting wattages, but all of them would run on significantly lower wattage.
If you’re thinking about installing a home generator by yourself, you might want to take a step back and think twice about doing so. Consider consulting a professional to help you decide which generator to purchase. A licensed electrical contractor can help you select the appropriate generator for your needs, as well as install it safely and properly.