Picking the Proper Sized Generator
Article by Tanya Denzin, published on July 5, 2013
Filed under Generators & Light Towers
A proper generator is a good investment if you live in areas that are prone to blackouts. They can also be used on a camping trip or during picnics. Make sure you choose the right size for your type of work. When you choose one that is too small, it will most likely not provide enough power. An overload on the other hand could cause damage to your electrical system and your generator. A bigger one also burns more fuel and will cost you even more in terms of money.
When choosing the correct generator for your home, estimate your home size. This will greatly determine the size depending on your daily demands. A construction site will also need an estimate of the size. Determine the appliances that will need to be constantly running during a blackout. This will help you determine how many kilowatts you need for it to run them all at the same time.
Next, determine what amount of starting or running wattage each appliance needs before you shop. If not on the owner’s manual, the running wattage can be estimated from a power consumption chart. These can be provided in watts or kilowatts. 1,000 watts are equal to one kilowatt. Make a calculation of the total wattage needed. You can calculate wattage using the formula wattage = amperes x volts.
Look for a generator that will support the total amount of watts you need to power up all your appliances. Pick one that has more power than your total estimated maximum watt requirements. Visit a dealer to give you more information on the options available for you. They will offer you specifications of each of the models available and the size range you will need for your needs.
Size will be an important factor to consider if you plan to take the generator on trips or picnics. It should fit into the vehicle you are transporting.