Home Backup Generator – How Do I Know What Size.


Millions of people use standby generators in their homes as a source of emergency power.  Every household should have one.  They are easy to buy and there are some very good deals available, take your time choosing.

It’s not until you lose power that you realise how paralysed you become.  Your investment will pay you back over many years. as long as you just do basic simple maintenance on your home generator, There is a lot of choice and availability out there.

Switching on an appliance in a power cut needs lots more power than when the appliance is up and running.
Electrical items need a surge of power just to get them going.
Much like humans really! Make sure all your appliances are not on when you turn on your generator. Turn them on separately.
This can really cut down on the size of generator you will need.

It’s important to round up not down when you are calculating the size that you need. So if you think you need a 1900w generator, get a 2000-watt. This allows for exansion and will allow for things you did not think of like when your wife has to have hair dryers during the emergency! Best to be prepared.

Get a certified professional to advise if you are in doubt.  He or she will just ask a couple of simple questions and then advise.  This is free do not pay for this information. Always write down the appliance you will most likely want to use during a mains power outage. Then work out the wattage needs of these appliances. Check out the suppliers recommendations.

They will all usually have this information readily available, they can offer some expert advice. The only thing you really have to have is an idea of the appliances you want to run on the portable generator. Do not forget to take into account the cost of replacing all food in your freezer in your financial calculation. So many people make this mistake.

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