How to Find the Best Electric Generator for Home Use

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How to Find the Best Electric Generator for Home Use

If you are in the market for a generator, you will want one that is both affordable and meets your needs. When choosing the best generator for home use, it is important to consider how much power it can generate, how big it needs to be and which brand that you prefer to buy from. It may also be a good idea to shop many different providers to get the best price on your new generator.


How Big Does the Generator Need To Be?


If you want some extra power to run your lawn mower or for specific rooms in the house, it may be best to get a small portable generator. However, if you are looking for something to keep the lights on throughout the house after a power outage, it may be best to buy a larger unit that connects right to your home's electrical grid. Portable or smaller units may be ideal for your RV or as part of a car's emergency kit.


How Much Power Do You Need?


The amount of power that your unit needs to generate depends largely on your needs. If you only want it to power a water pump or wet/dry vacuum, it may only take about 1,000 watts of electricity. However, if you want to power your entire home during a power outage, it may take a generator capable of producing 20 kilowatts or more.


The use of new Kohler petrol generators can help you meet your power needs between 3.5 to 7.5 kVA without going over your budget. As these units are portable, they are perfect for roofing, cleaning the lawn or just need an extra power source around the house.


How Much Can You Afford to Spend?


As a general rule, a power generator for home use that produces more electricity will be more expensive than those that generate less power. This is why it is important to understand what you would use a generator for and how much power it would take to meet those needs. In most cases, you can go without power in your home for up to a day without much damage being done to your home.


However, if you experience frequent or long-lasting power outages, it may be a good idea to splurge on a unit that provides backup power to a refrigerator or heating system. It may also be necessary to have enough power to run an oxygen tank or any other system that could keep yourself or other family members alive. In general, you can expect to spend about $1,000 or less for a small portable unit all the way up to $5,000 or more for 20 to 22 kilowatts of power.


Look for the Longest Possible Warranty


When looking for a generator to put in your home, make sure that you have a means of protecting your investment in that product. Most manufacturers will provide you with a warranty against defects or other issues that you may have with it. It may also be a good idea to buy a service plan for larger units as they may need to be inspected periodically.


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When shopping online, your best options may be to go to an auction site, a classified site or directly to the sales page of the company that makes the generator that you want. If you want to buy a new Kohler petrol generators, it may be easiest to go directly to their main website to get the best price as well as the best service.


Skipping the retail establishment may make it easier to find exactly what you want without paying markup. It may also allow you to talk with a trained professional who knows how to choose the best generator for home use. He or she may also be able to help you find a power generator for home use that is easy to install and use.


The next time that your home loses power, it will be nice to know that you won't be without essential components for long. Whether you just need to keep the water pump on, the refrigerator running or want to keep the entire house nice and toasty on a winter night, a generator can help keep everyone in your family safe until help arrives.


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Joe McCord works at REAA.


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Nathan Gesner
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Good article but how many people need extra power to run a lawn mower? Maybe electric mowers are more common than I thought!

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