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How Do I Know What Size Generator I Need for My House? 

How Do I Know What Size Generator I Need for My House? 

Posted on:05 Nov, 2019 / Posted In: Briggs and Stratton

Having a home standby generator on your property can offer peace of mind and comfort. In the event of a blackout, a home standby generator will kick on automatically, immediately providing power to your home and allowing you to access and use technology, your refrigerator, and other appliances, turn on the lights, and more. 

But all homes are different and use different amounts of power, so knowing what type and size of generator you need can be confusing. If you’re thinking about investing in a home generator from Generator Technologies Inc., here’s an overview of how to know what size generator you need for your house–

Generator Types and Power Capabilities: What You Need to Know

Different sizes generators provide different amounts of power – the amount of power that you need likely depends on your home size and what types of appliances you want to run/what your electricity needs are in the event of an outage. Home standby generators are the pinnacle of generator systems. 

  • Recreational inverter. As explained by Consumer Reports, a home recreational inverter provides up to 2,000 watts of energy. This is enough to run your refrigerator, laptop, lights, phone charger, and home security system, but not much more.
  • Midsized inverter. A midsized inverter offers more power than does a recreational inverter – up to 3,500 watts. This means that you can charge the above-mentioned items, as well as your air conditioner and one other appliance, such as a washing machine or space heater. 
  • Larger inverter. A larger inverter, also referred to as a portable, offers up to 7,500 watts of energy, which means that you can run the items mentioned above and a sump pump and furnace or a dishwasher.
  • Home standby generator. If you want maximum power, a home standby generator is your best option. Providing up to 2,000 watts of electricity, the home standby generator allows you to charge everything under your roof. This is optimal for homeowners who cannot afford a power outage and a prolonged loss of electricity. 

Learn More About Standby Generators from Generator Technologies Inc. Today

To learn more about standby generators and why a standby generator is the smart choice for your home when it comes to emergency preparedness, reach out to Generator Technologies Inc. for help. We work with homeowners in Illinois and Indiana and are here to answer your questions and guide you through your options. Reach us by phone or online to get started.  

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