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Generating power: How to choose the right generator for your home

Dec 28, 2016

Whether you want to be prepared for an emergency power outage or are looking to dial up the quality of a backyard party, portable generators are a great, inexpensive investment. To help narrow down your search, LightingtheQCA.com has put together a list of a few considerations to keep in mind when picking out a generator for your home.

Consider placement
“Placement is the number one aspect to consider when choosing a generator for your home,” said Jeff Lanum from Electric Doctor. “Generators should be placed no less than five feet away from any opening in your home, such as furnace and air exhaust pipes.” Generators that are placed near these openings could cause a potentially deadly situation, filling your home with carbon monoxide and other lethal toxins.

Consider wattage
The size of the generator you need largely depends on what you intend to supply power to. If you plan on using the generator to supply power to your backyard party, a generator that produces 1,000 watts of power will work just fine. If you intend to use the generator during an emergency power outage to supply power to your home, you will need a generator that produces a much larger current of 2,000 to 4,000 watts. Take a look at this wattage calculator to help you determine the appropriate generator size for your home.

Consider output
Most generators are designed with multiple output plugs, making it easy to run power to multiple locations in your home. Remember, if you intend to use your generator to run power to your whole home, you must have a certified electrician install a power transfer system into your home’s electrical unit. This will allow household appliances that are hardwired into your system—like refrigerators and furnaces—to run properly. 

Consider weight
A generator’s size is proportional to its weight. Depending on its size, generators can weigh anywhere from 25 to 215 pounds. High-wattage models that are lightweight and compact are much more expensive than high-wattage, larger models—however, the lightweight models will be much easier to move and transport in emergencies. If you are looking to save some money and purchase a heavier, high-wattage generator, be sure the model comes on wheels for quick and easy moving.

Consider fuel
When choosing a generator for your home, it is important to consider the fueling needs of each model. Most portable generators require gasoline to run, however some older models may require propane. In addition to fuel intake, fuel efficiency is also something to consider. The more efficient your generator is, the more money you will save, and the happier you’ll be—trust us.

As always, contact one of the many certified contractors on LightingtheQCA.com for assistance on choosing the perfect generator for your home. Whether you’re looking for a few helpful tips or need assistance with installation, they’ll be sure to help you get the job done!

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