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How to Choose the Right Generator for Your Home

Home Generators

Unexpected power outages are more than frustrating, they interrupt your day-to-day activities. Backup generators can keep your home running, even when the power is out in your area. American Generators Sales & Service has generators that suit homes of any size. Now more, than ever, generators are affordable enough for virtually every homeowner to purchase. When looking for a generator for your home, you need to have an idea of how much energy you need to use. Not all generators will suit your needs, as there is no one-size-fits-all answer.

You need to figure out what appliances you wish to run, and for how long. If you wish to run your entire home on a generator that is also possible. You need to write down the running watts of every appliance and light you wish run in your home, as well as the starting watts, which is always higher than the running watts. Add only one starting watts to this list, as these are only needed to start a device and only one device will usually turn on at one time. If your device does not list its running watts, this is easy to figure out on your own. Simply multiply the volts by the amps listed on the device to determine the device's running wattage.

Once you have an idea of how much power you need, you can then select a generator that is rated for the ideal peak wattage you plan to use in an emergency. Do not be tempted to buy a generator that is rated well above the wattage you need, bigger is not better when it comes to generators because you will be wasting fuel. For example, if your home only needs 3,000 watts, then buying a 6,500 watt generator will do nothing extra for you except burn more fuel. If a disaster should strike your area, the cost of fuel will rise, so you need to take the size of your generator into consideration. You should, however, be aware that running a generator at peak wattage non-stop can quickly burn your generator out.      

When selecting your generator, the terminology might be confusing. Maximum versus rated power is what often throws people off. Many people feel that maximum power is the figure they should base their purchase on, but this is not the right approach to take. If you run the generator at maximum wattage continuously, then the generator will burn itself out rather quickly. To avoid this dilemma, you should base your purchase on the generator's rated power. Your rated power is the power that can run continuously without burning out. In most cases, this is around 90% of the maximum power.

To learn more about generators, or to purchase one for your home, contact American Generators Sales & Service today!

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