Buying your very first generator could be confusing to most people especially for beginners and those who don’t have any knowledge in basic electricity.
The following tips may help you understand what you should consider in choosing the right one for you.
1. Power Handling
It’s good to know your ideal power requirement when choosing the right generator. Use the computation I stated earlier for your total power requirement.
An average power handling for a certain home to run most of appliances is from 5,000w to 8,000w. If you have a bigger household you certainly need higher than that.
If you plan to use it in one location only choose a standby generator, if you need to bring it anywhere you should consider a portable generator having wheels and handle. If you want a super portable generator that can be carried everywhere, an inverter is perfect for you due to its lightness.
The value can be determined if the price, performance and features satisfyingly brings the generator itself. For example, a low cost generator doesn’t mean got the highest value if it’s unusable after few days.
Choose only those who are reliable makers of generators such as Yamaha, Honda, Powermate, CAT, Champion, Generac, Briggs & Stratton, WEN and DuroMax. These companies have proven track records and trusted by many consumers around the world.
The generator’s efficiency can be identified if it brings longer hours of continuous power with lesser fuel usage. I guess no one wants to spend too much gas on a generator with only few hours of usage.
Always consider the warranty when purchasing a generator; you’ll never know when it will fail. Most often they give one year warranty but, some are generously giving two year. Generally, those company who’s giving greater warranty has more reliable generator products.
-Never go beyond the rated output provided by any generator, this will damage any of your appliance connected in line or the generator itself.
-Gasoline powered generator emits a harmful carbon monoxide gas same as ordinary vehicle therefore, avoid installing it inside your house, either on the garage or nearby windows including your neighbor’s house.
-Use a heavy-duty extension cord appropriate for outdoor wiring and plug it directly to the generator’s provided outlet.
-Don’t ever try to connect the generator directly to your home electric wiring, this will create an explosion when the power restored. You may want to provide a transfer switch if desired.
-Follow the recommended proper grounding as seen on the manufacturer’s manual for additional safety.