Best Generators for Your Home
There are 3 main types of generators available, with each kind serving various functions:
This guide will explain how to choose a generator and highlight the types available, including the power output requirements, fuel needs and wattages necessary to run specific appliances and power tools.
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Before choosing which type of generator will work best in case of a home power outage, you must first determine the wattage necessary to power all of your appliances.
Tip: Remember that starting wattage requirements may be as high as three or four times the required continuous wattage. Portable generators offer a higher surge wattage to help accommodate start-up requirements.
How to find your desired generator wattage:
- Find the wattages of all the equipment you'd like to power with a generator using the chart provided.
- For equipment with motors, double the wattage requirements - more power is necessary to start up these items. For these, you'll need a higher starting wattage but won't need the power to be that high.
- Add up the wattage for everything to get your total required wattage.
Tip: This is approximate wattage only. Please refer to your appliances' owner's manuals for exact wattage.
Standby generators provide 24/7 blackout protection to power vital home appliances.
- Automatically supplies emergency backup power within seconds of a power outage.
- Permanently installed and operates on existing fuel supply, usually natural or liquid propane gas.
- Can produce power for entire house or only a few designated circuits.
- Some models have advanced technology that runs the unit at reduced noise levels and conducts weekly self-diagnostic tests.
Most portable generators run on unleaded gas for limited power at home, job site or recreational activities.
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- Generators will auto-idle control idle the engine down when not in use for greater efficiency and extended run times.
- Some models feature an electric motor, powering up with the touch of a button with a fully charged battery.
Tip: This is approximate wattage only. Please refer to your appliance's owner's manual for exact wattage
Inverter generators are perfect for tailgating, camping, boating or traveling in an RV.
- An inverter generator is also good for small businesses and job sites because of its clean power, low noise levels, fuel efficiency and lightweight design.
- If more power is needed, consider units that are parallel kit compatible, allowing a connection between two inverter generators for twice the power.
Tip: This is approximate wattage only. Please refer to your appliance's owner's manual for exact wattage.
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