What to Think About When Buying a New Generator

What to Think About When Buying a New Generator

Winter is coming to Ramsey, NJ, and while our civic power system is very reliable, Mother Nature always has the final word. A whole-house generator makes an excellent way to keep your home up and running when the power goes out in a crisis. Installing one now means you’ll be ready to go when any storms or similar crises hit, and maintain vital appliances like heaters, refrigerators, and medical equipment no matter what.

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No home is quite like any other and the generator you select needs to be able to match its specifics in order to do its job. If you’ve decided to purchase a new generator, you need to think about the following factors when determining which particular make and model is right for your home.

Power Levels

Every generator has a power load determining how much power generates, and by extension how many appliances it can support. The power level needs to account for electrical surges as well as the electrical needs of every appliance depending on it. That means you need an energy audit of your home to determine what the necessary power levels need to be. Ideally, the generator should cover every appliance in your home. If your budget can’t fit that, then determine which appliances are vital (the refrigerator, say) and which ones can be left off in an emergency (a game system, for instance). Once you know what your power needs are, you can select the unit that will meet them properly.

Fuel Consumption

Generators need fuel to operate, usually of a specific type. They also have a fuel consumption rate, which can give you a good idea of home much fuel you’ll need to run it. Make sure you have enough on hand to last for at least a few days, so you don’t need to run out for more in the middle of a crisis.

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