Sunday, September 26, 2010

How to choose a generator for your home?

This article will be discussing about how to choose a generator for your home. No one likes it when the power goes out. And some seasons are just prone to severe storms that seem to cripple the electric companies over and over again. Often there are large regional outages that last for days before power is restored. We have to cope with dark rooms, food spoilage, being terribly cold or hot, and not being able to get to work. A home generator can be the answer, but it's a complicated product to choose, purchase, install and operate

1.  Determine what appliances and fixtures you want to keep operating if the power goes out. Generators are not substitutes for full power service; they are only a means to give you the basics during an outage.

2.  Decide what type of unit best fits your needs. There are three basic types: wheeled portable generators that operate on gasoline, large stationary models that typically run on liquid propane or natural gas, and battery inverter systems.

3. Weigh the pros and cons of each type of unit. For gasoline-fueled generators you must be able to preserve the fuel with stabilizers, and be able safely store up to 12 to 18 gallons for each day's use, because gas stations are often closed during power outages.

4.  Determine how much you are willing to spend. There is a wide variety of pricing from $300 up to $3,700 and even more, depending on unit type.

5.  Visit vendors, home centers and electric-supply companies that sell generators. Ask questions and get information about installation, operation, and maintenance before you place an order.

6. Read the manufacturer's set-up and operation manuals immediately after purchase. Check the resource below for a sample owner manual. Test-run your unit after set-up. Some units may require "start checks" on a recurring basis

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