Unfortunately a large number of people aren’t prepared for the potential disasters that may be facing their area. While putting together your emergency preparedness plan, make sure to include an emergency generator. For small emergencies such as power outages, or a number of other problems, an emergency generator can help keep the power running in your home, preventing many of the issues that can arise from a lack of power.
Choosing the Generator
There are many different factors to take into account when choosing the best emergency generator for your home. The first thing to consider is the size of generator you will need. Getting this right will increase the efficiency it gives to your home.
This will be determined by the amount of electricity that is used on a regular basis in the home, which is in part influenced by the size of your home. Go through your home and find the label on each appliance you will need during a power outage. It is required that these electrical appliances will be labeled with this information. Be sure to include those essential appliances such as a microwave, refrigerator, and freezer. Record the watts and add them up on all the appliances to determine the size of the generator you will need.
There are two main types of electrical generators that can be used in your home when necessary. Each of these comes with advantages and disadvantages. Take a look at the differences and determine which would be better suited for your situation:
Plug-in generator – these portable generators are the least expensive and simplest to use. Be cautious with these portable generators, keeping them at least ten feet from your home to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Keep this generator in your yard and use extension cords to plug your appliances in. Make sure to have the extension cords on hand to use this type of generator in an emergency situation. These generators will range in price usually between $500 and $1,500.
Standby generator – these generators are permanently set up with your home, automatically kicking on as soon as the power goes out. If the electricity is frequently lost in your home, this is often the best option as it will keep all your appliances running whether you are there or not. These will also make less noise than the plug-in generators when run, feeding off the natural gas or propane of your home, or off a propane tank. These will be quite a bit more expensive than portable generators, ranging between $5,000 and $15,000.
Invest in a generator for your home to protect yourself against power outages. Although standby generators are more expensive, they are easier to manage in the home. Choose the option that will work best for your situation. Even a small portable generator will be better than nothing when faced with an emergency situation.