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Size Your New Generator Carefully

Earlier this week, we discussed the importance of spotting when your old generator needs to be replaced, which is of vital concern to residents of Helotes, TX who either rely on generators for their electrical power or who have one on hand in the event the power in their homes goes out. Today, we’ll talk about one of the most important factors to consider when purchasing a new generator: power output. Generally speaking, the more powerful the generator the better, but your budget may not always allow for that and their may be other factors to consider as well. When making a purchase as important as a generator, it’s vital that you size it properly.

Why Power Levels Matter

Every generator has a power load reflecting how much power it can put out at any given time. That needs to cover every appliance connected to it, while accounting for power surges as well. An overloaded generator will breakdown very quickly, leaving you without power just when you need it the most. Ideally, you need to purchase a generator that can comfortably support every electrical appliance in your household. If a generator that large is out of your price range, then you need to select one that can cover as much as possible, but at least handle essentials like your refrigerator, freezer, heater and any medical appliances. Either way, the only method of determining that number is to perform an energy audit of your home.

An Energy Audit

An energy audit is simply a cataloguing of all the electrical appliances in your home and ascertaining how much energy they use in a given amount of time. With that list in hand, you can then prioritize each appliance, ranking vital appliances like your refrigerator above less vital ones like your entertainment system. That gives you an accurate gauge of just how much energy your generator will need to produce and what its power load needs to be to cover just the basics,  the basic plus a few luxuries, or the whole house.

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