If you want to buy a home power generator and are not sure where to start then this guide will be useful. There are many things you need to consider when buying a home power generator – the following list provides five things to get you started.
How much power do your need?
The first thing you should determine before you purchase a generator is how much power you will need to run the devices you want. To calculate this you must determine the number of watts each item consumes when running as well as the number of watts each item consumes at its peak (electric devices often consume more watts when starting or during certain peak operations). Add all the running watts together then add the largest number from the peak usage. This calculation gives you your maximum wattage needs.
What is your budget?
You must determine what the total cost of the generator is including additional costs such as having it installed by a professional and accessories such as a weather cover. Once calculated, you will have to determine what is available for the budget you have.
Portable or Standby?
When buying a home power generator you need to understand what tasks you want to achieve with it.
Portable generators can be easily moved around from place to place. This gives you the freedom to move the generator to any location where you need power. Portable generators tend to be smaller and so don’t produce as much power for as long.
Standby generators are permanently installed and connected to your house. This limits the use of the generator to just powering your house.
What features do you want?
There are many features offered by generators. Here are some of the main things to look for when deciding on a generator:
- Run time – how long does the generator run for before it needs refueling?
- Power output – how much power does the generator provide? Will it cover your needs?
- Price – how much does it cost?
- Installation – what is involved in installing the generator? Will you need to hire a professional to install it?
- Fuel – what kind of fuel does it consume?
- Accessories – what accessories are included in the product? What will you need that isn’t included?
- Warranty – what warranty comes with the generator?
- Support – what kind of support is available for the installation and maintenance of the generator.
Many generators come with extras included in the initial purchase. Some common extras are a warranty or maintenance package, oil, power cord, wheels, and funnel.
Some generators may require you to purchase extra items for it to do what you want. For example, if you decide to purchase a portable generator, you may also need a transfer switch to connect it to your home.
Deciding on a new home power generator can be a daunting task but hopefully this list will give you a good start. Make sure you shop around and ask lots of questions before making your final decision.