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Keep the Lights On: How to Choose a Generator for Emergency Power Supply

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Originally posted on https://www.keyc.com/story/40315038/keep-the-lights-on-how-to-choose-a-generator-for-emergency-power-supply

 

Power outages can last from 2 to 6 hours, depending on if the utilities are municipal or investor-owned. If you’re without a generator, you’ll be stuck waiting for companies or government workers to repair the grid.

Lights out! Don’t let power-outages during April showers leave you in the dark.

Here are 5 tips on how to choose a generator that’ll fit your needs; you’ll feel empowered.

Knowledge is Power

Before buying a generator, you’ll need to know what you’re powering. Power wattage is the metric used to measure the quality of generators.

The larger the output, the more cash you’ll be putting out.

So, it’s a good idea to get just enough power for the necessities. Make a list of everything in your house that is required to be on. Refrigerators, lights, air conditioners, and (for some) computers should be on that list.

If you’re powering a home, 5,000 watts should keep the lights on and the food cold. But the required wattage is entirely dependent on what’s powered and your needs. Calculate all the variables and then add a little to spare.

Pick Your Fancy

There are two main types of generators: home standby and portable.

They vary on price rather drastically, but you get what you pay for. The standby generator is the pricier of the two.

With a home-installed generator, it’ll activate as soon as the power goes out. They run on multiple sources, like gas, propane, or natural gas. There are even diesel generators.

Portable generators are typically gasoline hogs. They produce a fraction of the standby generators, but for a fraction of the price. They’re also (obviously) portable.

Find a Spot to Plop

Finding a storage spot for your generator relies on a few things, mainly safety.

Depending on the fuel source, it’s important to store the generator in a safe environment. Propane and gasoline are highly combustible. Leaks from either source can be a detriment to safety.

Keep them out of the way of anything that might ignite the fuel.

Also, keep them out of sight. Generators aren’t the best looking ornaments for your home or business. Conceal them from view.

How to Choose a Generator With Features for You

Check out these options to soup up your powerhouse.

  • Automatic starts will rev up the generator as soon as the power goes out.
  • Gauges that the remaining fuel.
  • Electric starts are buttons that’ll start the generator; no more lawn-mower pull cords.
  • Low fuel shorts will cease the power of the generator if the tank’s nearly dry. This prevents irreparable damage.

Get a Warranty

Make sure to buy a generator that has a hefty, foolproof warranty. A good generator will have a good warranty. It’s a sign of faith the company has in its own product.

The longer and more hardy of a warranty, the more the company believes they won’t ever have to replace the unit.

During the unfortunate circumstance of it failing, you’ll have the ability to replace or repair your generator.

Power Up!

Keeping the lights on, even when others can’t with a generator.

How to choose a generator depends on what you need it for and what you’ll be powering. It also relies on where you can store it and which features are important to you. You can trust in your decision depending on the warranty.

Be sure to stay ahead of all your local weather alerts!

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