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Tips for Buying a Home Generator

Posted on September 9th, 2015 by Jupiter Tequesta

We’re in the midst of the Atlantic hurricane season, and our area is no stranger to these severe storms. We spoke a couple of months ago about whether or not you should purchase a generator. Today, we’re presenting information to those of you who have decided to make an investment. Keep these tips in mind when shopping for a home generator:

Tips for Buying a Home Generator - Electrician Jupiter, FL

1. Select appropriate wattage for your needs

Generators are available in many shapes and sizes, and they’re generally sold by wattage. Keep this in mind when doing your research. You’ll want to invest in a generator that puts out enough energy to run the appliances you’ll need during a blackout, like your refrigerator, air conditioner and any lights you’d like to switch on.

2. Know the types

  • Portable generators are small to midsized, and will put out up to 8,500 watts of power. This type of generator is sufficient for most homes, and typically costs less than $1,000. It runs on gasoline, propane or natural gas, depending on the model.
  • Stationary generators can usually handle more wattage — up to 15,000 — which is usually enough to power a whole house.  These generators usually run on propane or natural gas, so there’s no need to worry about spilling and storing gasoline.

3. Consider fuel

A portable generator will use anywhere between 8 and 22 gallons of gasoline each day. A stationary unit, however, will often have a higher capacity tank, allowing it to run up for up to two weeks. You may want to stock up on fuel before a storm hits.

You can count on Jupiter-Tequesta Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electric’s expert team of professionals to help you choose the right generator for your home. Give us a call today to discuss your options:

Jupiter: (561) 747-5740
Palm Beach: (561) 626-6822
Martin: (772) 546-2822
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