What to Know Before Buying a Generator for Your Home

Are you prepared when there’s a sudden power outage in your home? You never know when a blackout may happen, so it’s always best to have a generator at home. 

Purchasing a generator is not an easy decision. Homeowners need to think of the different factors before investing in one. To help you make an informed decision when you’re ready for generator installation services, there are factors that you need to keep in mind:

How Much Power Output Do You Need?

Make a list of appliances that you want the generator to power up, as this will help you determine the wattage needed. Go for the common essentials, such as the refrigerator, lights, and heater. Some homeowners choose generators that can cover around 5,000 watts for their essentials.

What Type of Generator Should You Choose?

Generators fall under three types—home standby, portable, and inverter. Home standby generators turn on when the power goes out and often run longer and provide more power supply. Portable ones, on the other hand, have a limited power supply and may only run for a certain time. Inverter types also have smaller wattage capabilities but produce fewer emissions than portable generators. To determine which type is best for your home, talk to our licensed residential electricians.

What Do You Plan to Use Your Generator For?

What type of situations do you want to use the generator for? Some homeowners buy generators in case they need power during storms and emergencies, while some use it for camping and tailgating. Determine how you’re going to use it, as this will help you know the type and wattage you need.

Don’t purchase a generator without first consulting our residential electrical repair experts. Bailey and Shipp Electric is the company to contact in Columbia, MD, and nearby areas. Give us a call at (410) 457-3507 for more information.

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