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Buying An Emergency Generator For Your Home: What To Look For

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If you live in an area that is prone to storms or other natural disasters that can knock out your power for a few days at a time or you have a family member that has medical equipment (such as an oxygen machine) that always needs to have access to a power source, having an emergency generator for your home is a good idea. Generators work to provide an emergency source of electricity so you can cook, use lights, and perform other needed functions when your normal electricity is out. Here is a simple guide to help you choose the best generator for your home.


Your home's square footage will determine just how large or capable you need an emergency generator to be. The wattage to your appliances, such as your refrigerator, will further aid you in your decision. Make a list of the wattage you use on a regular basis by checking the back of your fridge and the inside of your washer and dryer and other appliances along with your home's overall square footage and take this to your generator or emergency supply store. An associate can help you pick a generator that is large enough for your home's needs without overpowering your electrical allowance.


The larger the generator, the more you can expect to pay for it. If you have a specific budget in mind, talk to an associate about how much power you can expect in a smaller unit for use in your home. Smaller generators may limit your use to a few lights or the operation of just one appliance at a time, which may suit your needs in an emergency. Write down what your largest concerns are should your power go out. Is it being able to shower? Operate a piece of medical equipment? Cook a few meals? When you let your associate know just what you need your generator for they may be able to guide you to a smaller unit that can fit your needs safely as well as your limited budget.

You can buy a used emergency standby generator to save money as well. If this is what you are going to do, make sure you seek out a certified dealer in used appliances, so you know you are buying a generator that is tested to be in working condition. You can also get a used generator that still has a warranty on it for further assurance while saving money at the same time.