One of the most important equipment we should have at home is a generator. Generators can make sure you have power to keep your place comfortable and your food preserved.
If you have not one at home, it is now time to shop for a good generator.
There are now plenty of choices in the market and this makes choosing a bit difficult. Of course, you have to buy the one that meets you specific needs.
Below are few guidelines you can use when buying your first generator.
– Decide whether you need a stationary or a portable generator.
Portable generators are cheaper and easier to install. But once you lose the power during the storm, you have to connect the portable generator physically. There are tons of options when it comes to portable generators.
When it comes to stationary generators, they should be installed by professionals. The good thing about this type is that when you lose power, it automatically give you power. However, you will need a good amount of money for this.
When choosing which kind to purchase, make sure that it suits your needs and requirements.
– When you already have decide which type to choose, you should not decide about the wattage size. You can determine your needed watts by knowing what should be powered on during a calamity. The next thing to do is sum up and get the total wattage. In this way, you will determine which generator can suit best your needs.
To help you, below are are the ranges of watts including the things they can power.
If you need to power your lights, television, fridge and microwave, the total watts you’ll be needing is from 3,000 to 4,000. If these are the different appliances you’ll basically need to power, then it is good to choose a portable generator.
If you need to power your two sump pumps, fridge, computer, television, heater and lots of lights, then you can go for a generator with 5,000 to 8,500 wattage. A stationary and portable generator can help you with this.
If you’re going to power your hot water heater, central air conditioning and electric stove aside from what has been mentioned above, then you can go for the 10,000 watts portable generator.
There is also a stationary generator with 10,000 plus wattage that can power more than what is mentioned above, and clothes washer and even dryer to add. This huge investment is the best option for those who often lose power for several days.
After knowing all your needs, then you can shop now for your generator.