How to Find the Right Generator for You

    (Provided by Steven Nameroff - Thursday, November 17, 2016)

Power Generators

Power outages occur at random and they seem to be happening more and more frequently.  Many people are purchasing portable power generators, hoping to save them the cost and inconvenience of surprise power outages.

As we have learned during the last Super-storms encountered within the country, when the electric grid fails, back-up power is critical in emergency situations.  This disaster preparedness shows foresight for the citizens and the communities where they live. Portable power generators can weigh from a few pounds to several hundred pounds, depending on what appliances you want to deliver power to during an outage. 

Before you invest in a power generator you will need to know just what appliances require power, and of course, how much power does each use. How much power will you need? Generators with a stable, alternating current will pose no harm to any sensitive electronics.  The bigger the generator, and its attached parts, the more power it will be able to produce.  A small carry-around generator cannot be expected to power numerous appliances. Generators with 2,000 watts of power ability may seem ‘large’ but is it enough? 

Here's the damage your appliances could be doing Cellphone battery charger uses 25 watts Furnace fan 700 watts Video game 40 watts Refrigerator 550 watts Water well pump about 575 watts Simple electric pan 240 watts Be sure to take into account what is called start-up power for larger appliances.  They will quickly overwork your generator, and it may not be able to cover the initial kick of starting up the larger appliances. Large or small?

The newer portable generators can automatically adjust the motor speed to the amount of power being needed by devices connected.  Low speeds for lower wattage need and higher speeds for higher needs, thus saving fuel. Also a consideration is fuel consumption and refills required.  If you are running several appliances/items on a smaller generator, you will be filling the fuel tank more often that using a larger generator. A smaller generator is great for just providing power to a few things; and then exchanging extension cords as the need arises. 

Quick tip: A portable generator should never be operated indoors, including a garage.  Carbon Monoxide fumes can be easily released and undetected, leading to tragic circumstances. 

We have recently witnessed the failure of nuclear power generators, requiring either shut down for maintenance, or closure altogether.  Having a power generator makes sense during these days due to the unreliability of massive turbines, and of course Mother Nature with its storms. 

Many States have applied to the Federal Government for funds to purchase power generators to be used in situations where city-wide power loss has been experienced.  These will be used to furnish power to hospitals, shelters, public safety facilities and fuel stations.



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