How to Choose the Right Generator for Your Home

Wouldn’t it be nice to know that, during a power outage, you could sit back and wait a few seconds and have the power back already? The right generator can do this for you. If you’re considering a purchase that can protect your home and family and keep you home, happy, and healthy during a power outage, you want to make the right choice.

So how do you choose the generator that is right for your home?

Types of Generators

First, you’ll have to think carefully about the type of generator you want on your property. There are several major brands and options to consider, but it’s important that you think about it as an investment in your home and family when choosing between these options.

  • Portable Generator – The standard portable generator needs refueling after each use. It can power a select number of appliances or systems and can be tedious to hook up, but it is the least expensive option.
  • Portable Generator with Manual Transfer Switch – A portable generator can also be set up with a manual transfer switch, so that you don’t have to worry about running extension cords. Simply flip a switch to bring power back to a few select appliances in your home.
  • Automatic Standby Generator – An automatic standby generator is usually sized to power all of the appliances and systems throughout the home. It runs on the natural gas line already running to your home, which means no refueling. And because the transfer switch is automatic, rather than manual, your home is repowered automatically within only seconds of an outage.

Generator Sizing

Next, you’ll need to find the generator that is the right size for your home. It must have enough power to generate power back to the entire home. Thankfully, you won’t have to do the calculations—because you must have a professional installer do the work for you. Most major generator brands have online calculators to give you a good idea, but you should call a local technician for an accurate estimate.

Contact Mark Lindsay and Son Plumbing & Heating Inc for generator installation and service in Saddle, River NJ.

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