Choosing the Right Home Power Generator
Usually, when one sets out to look for a power generator, he ends up confused and perplexed. There are just too many home power generators nowadays that come in various shapes, sizes, models and prices coming from different manufacturers and retailers. More often than not, instead of going home with a home power generator, one ends up going home with nothing other than more confusion.
To prevent this from happening to you, your trusted electrical contractor from Hart's Home Services has put together these tips to make sure you you make the right home generator decision for your home.
What is the first thing that I should consider?
Since the main purpose of a home power generator is to supply electricity, the first thing you should ask yourself is what is the amount of electricity you usually need at home. Generally, medium-sized homes between 1000-3000 square feet will need a generator that can supply 12-15 kilo-Watts (kW). This will be used for emergency whole-home power backup. Some may want to consider a smaller portable unit that they can simply run an extension cord from to operate a refrigerator or other critical piece of equipment.
Use the sizing chart below to help estimate your power needs. Of course, your needs may vary due to the size of your appliances and home, so be sure to check the appliance manufacture's actual power requirements.
How noisy is the unit? Of course, since you will be using the electric generator at home, you do not want it to be loud and noisy. As much as possible, you would want it to function with minimal noise so you can enjoy the comforts of your home without getting disturbed by your generator.
You will have to determine what type of fuel you're generator will be running on. There are many types of fuel available today. You can either use diesel, gas, propane or natural gas. You might also want to check out the size of the tank so you can gauge how many hours of operating time it can give you.
Stationary vs Portability
You might want to consider the local building codes for your area to determine if a stationary generator can be installed on your lot. Another option is to provide a portable generator that can be connected only when the power is to be out for an extended period of time. NOTE: NEVER connect a portable generator directly into the home’s electrical system without the proper safeguards in place! Danger of electrocution and property damage exist when doing so!
If you plan to operate your power generator in inclement weather, consider getting one with a protected control panel. The control panel of your generator must be protected from rain, dust, and other debris.
In order to ensure the safety of your home, ask yourself if you have enough outlets available to handle everything you need. Make sure that they are protected by a circuit breaker to prevent fire accidents from happening.
As a whole, buying a home power generator is not as puzzling as you think it is if you only know what to look for in one. Go to our Home Generator page for more information.