2 Things To Think About When Purchasing A Home Generator

If you are thinking about purchasing a home generator, you need to think through how much power you want it to provide you with and how easy it will be to use before you purchase a generator.

Amount Of Power You Want

One of the most important components you need to consider is how much power you want your generator to provide you with and when you are most likely to need your generator to kick in.

For example, if you live somewhere that gets hit with strong winter storms, you are going to need a generator that will support the daily level of electricity that you use in the winter to keep your home warm. Or, if you live somewhere that gets hit with summer storms, you are going to need a generator that will support the amount of electricity you use to keep the lights on and stay cool during the summer.

Additionally, you need to determine if you want your generator to support and keep the bare minimum running – just lights and heat or air conditioning – or if you want it to keep everything in your house running like it would on any other day.

You can figure out how much energy your house uses on a daily basis by looking at your energy bill and dividing the total amount of energy use you by the number of days in your billing cycle. This will give you an average idea of the amount of energy that you use per day. You will want to figure out the average amount of energy you use per day for the three months of the year you would most likely need to use your generator, and make sure that its maximum power output would have you more than covered.

Ease Of Use

Next, you need to determine how easy you want your generator to be. If you purchase a standby generator, it will be hooked up to your power and will be able to tell when your power goes out. When your power goes out, your standby generator should turn on by itself; it is a very seamless transition.

On the other hand, with a portable generator, when the power goes out, you will have to hook-up your generator on your own. It will not be a seamless transition between one power source to another; there will be some lag time.

Before you purchase a generator for your home, you need to figure out how much power you would really need to be able to draw from it if your power were to go out, and how easy you want setting up and using your generator to be. Once you know the answer to these two questions, you can really begin to shop for a generator for your home. Contact a company like Action Electric for more information.