Picking the right back up power solution for your family can be a difficult decision. Investing in a generator can provide security and comfort for your family during the next power outage or natural disaster. The first step in determining what type of backup power you need is to determine your power requirements. This power calculator from Consumer Reports can get you started. If the power goes out do you want your whole house to continue to function without interruption, or are you willing to be without, only powering the essentials like freezers, refrigerators, and sump pumps. Keeping the whole house powered for extended outages will require a standby generator. Standby generators are installed in a permanent location and wired directly into your homes electrical panel. Standby Generators are fueled by natural gas or liquid propane, and many models will start and stop automatically sensing power availability or loss. Powering the essentials only can be accomplished with a portable generator. Portable Generators are very versatile and can be utilized around your home, on the job site, and on the campground. Portable generators are typically gas powered, but there are many solar options that are coming onto the market too. Portable generators are available in a wide array of power supply options and sizes, and using the power calculator can help you to determine the right size. A generator is an important investment, and we recommend getting one that will supply slightly more power than you think you need, this way there is some scalability to accommodate your future needs.
Written by Eric Rickert