Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Selecting your Home Generator: What is right for me?

Home stand-by generators have come a long way recently. They seem to have no limit to their capabilities and functionality. Whether it is a select circuit, whole house, or off the grid applications, stand-by generators are more capable and efficient than ever before.  The newest lines of generators produce clean power that is safe for you, your family and your possessions.

When deciding what type of generator is right for you it is important to ask yourself these questions:

1) What are you looking to power up within your home?

Generators have almost no limits these days.  It is very important to know what solutions will have the capabilities you will need. So what kind of back up will you need when the power goes out?  Do you want to provide power to your entire house (Whole House) or just certain parts of your house (Select Circuits)?  Here is some help with that question:

Selected Circuits – This option is an excellent choice for the budget conscious consumer.  Because you are choosing what your generator is actually powering in your house you can spend less money on the generator, and less on fuel.  The only disadvantage is that your house’s power will be limited by the size of the generator and number of circuits you have connected to that generator .

Whole House – This option is designed to provide power to everything in your house including any major electrical draws like an air conditioner.  A whole house generator will run all your appliances, lights, computers, etc.  If you decide to power your whole house there is less flexibility in choosing a generator because your generator will need to be a specific size to provide power to all the necessary circuits in the house.  Your local generator professional can help you make sure you pick the right size generator to power all your circuits when there is a power outage.
2) Do you have any major electrical draws in your home?

Certain items in a home can have a major impact on the amount of power you will need. Major electrical draws include electric appliances, (stove, well pumps, or air conditioning units.) You can use the sizing chart below to get an idea of the capabilities of certain generator models.  Major electrical draws will require a more powerful unit to make sure that your family stays warm or cool, and safe when the power goes out.

3) What is your budget?

When considering your generator solution, cost may be a driving factor in your final selection. Selected circuit solutions are the least expensive as they are pre-wired and make for an easier installation, but there are limitations to what they will power.  Whole house transfer solutions are more expensive, but everything works in the event of an outage.  No disappointments.

Remember, there are two types of generators, Select Circuit and Whole House.  By asking yourself the 3 questions above you should be able to narrow down the options and make an informed and relatively easy decision.

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