Many people have experienced at least one power outage, and all of them can attest to the inconvenience they experienced. In any areas where people face the possibility of storms or harsh winters, a generator is a good idea. For some, it might be enough to have a generator that powers a few appliances; a whole house generator can make life much easier during a blackout. Here are a few things you should know to assist in getting the right type. Today’s generators are much more sophisticated than those made in the past.
Understanding the Equipment
When you are without power for days, a generator is the perfect solution. A whole house generator will be connected directly to your house’s electrical system through the main panel. They can be powered by diesel fuel, propane or natural gas. This equipment has an automatic transfer switch that breaks your connection to the municipal power supply if there is a service disruption. The generator then switches on to power the appliances and equipment in the home since it will not be on the grid. The ability to store extra fuel will be an important aspect of the use of this type of generator, during long periods of service disruption. In some instances, it may be difficult to move around to buy fuel, and there may be problems getting deliveries. Shortages due to increased demand are another possibility.
Selecting a Generator
Picking the right type depends on understanding your energy needs. Knowing what wattage demands of your appliances is always helpful. Some examples are:
- Computer – 60 to 300 watts
- Refrigerator – roughly 600 watts
- Lights – 60 to 600 watts
- Sump pump – 750 to 1,500 watts
Most homes need generators in the range of 20 kilowatts to 48 kilowatts. The price range is usually between $5,000 to $20,000. Other considerations to keep in mind are the generator speed, the type of fuel it uses, and the housing. If you are going to invest in a generator, you should have it serviced after using it for a long period. A generator should also be checked if it has been sitting idle for a while.
Winters can be unpredictable and being without power is more than just inconvenient for many people. People with serious medical conditions are often reliant on specialized machinery that helps them breathe or otherwise protects their quality of life. A whole house generator is a wise investment if you get the type you need, and keep it maintained.
A whole house generator is an excellent way to make sure that your family and home are protected throughout the winter months. Power outages are very common along the east coast during winter storms. Protect your home this year with a whole home generator. Give us a call at 410-877-6112 or 302-793-9352 to discuss your options regarding generators.