A generator in your home can provide backup power for when your electricity goes out and can ensure that food in your refrigerator doesn't spoil and that your family always has hot water and lights even during a storm. Buying a home generator can be more complicated than you might imagine, simply because there are so many options from which to choose. Note a few important factors to consider when you're in the market for a home generator.
Portable versus Standby
If you're purchasing a generator for common power outages, you'll want a standby model. This is one that plugs into your home's electrical circuits and which is always ready to work in case your power fails. These are large and typically more expensive than portable generators, but they kick on automatically when the power goes out. In some areas there are restrictions as to the size and use of a standby generator, so be sure you check with your local city before purchasing one.
Portable generators give you more options for their use; you can take this generator with you to an outside shed or use it in the garage when you need to plug in certain power tools. For a power outage, however, you'll need to start up this generator to keep your appliances running, and you may need to run extension cords from the circuits to the generator.
It's good to check the wattage of the appliances and tools you'll want to plug into your generator and be sure you get a generator that provides sufficient wattage. Choose a generator that has double the wattage you'll need so you don't overload it and, in turn, cause it to burn out. At the very least, ensure you purchase a generator that offers more than just the minimum wattage you'll need.
Larger generators will have more fuel and have a longer runtime than smaller generators, but of course they will be more expensive and more cumbersome. You'll need to balance your need for power and how long your average electrical outage lasts with your budget and the space in which you'll be keeping your generator. There is typically no need to invest in a generator that gives you more hours of runtime than necessary, but you also don't want a small generator that will stop working after only a few hours if your average electrical failure lasts half a day.
For more information, contact a business such as Electcraft Power.
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