Buying a permanent home generator is not always a straightforward task. Fuel type, brand names, size, price, model – people consider all these factors. But what factors are the most important? How do you know when you’ve found the right generator for your home? How can you make sure you have the most efficient one? Thankfully, Tri-County Water Services is here to help. In this blog, we’ll tell you the 3 most important things to consider when buying a permanent home generator.
Permanent Home Generator Size
Size is the most important factor for buying a home generator. Get one that’s too small and you won’t be able to power everything you need. Get one too large and you’ll pay more for power you don’t need. Fortunately, calculating size is rather simple. Start by making a list of everything you want to power in your home when the power goes out. Next, include the wattage in your list. Last, add up the total wattage. Whatever generator you choose, make sure it can provide at least that much wattage. That’s it!
So, your list could look like this:
- Refrigerator: 600 watts
- Air conditioner: 1,000 watts
- Lights: 400 watts
- Television: 100 watts
- Computers: 100 watts
- Total: 2,200 watts
Permanent Home Generator Fuel Type
Second, it’s vital also to consider fuel type. Typically for home generators you have a choice between propane or natural gas. The benefits of each include:
- Propane: easy to store, energy efficient, burns clean
- Natural gas: available through the local pipeline, no storage necessary, cheap
However, you also need to know the cons of each. With propane, once you run out of fuel, you need to go out and buy more. It’s not constantly available through the local pipeline like natural gas. However, if there’s a problem with the local line, suddenly you can’t use your generator anymore. Consider each option to make the best decision for you.
New or Used
Third, believe it or not, buying new or used makes a difference. You might think, since you want a permanent home generator, that you only want a new one. Yet, new generators can be costly. Meanwhile, if you can find a gently used generator, you can save up to 70% off the cost. It’s important to keep in mind that age itself isn’t as important for home generators so much as usage. A 30-year-old generator that was barely used can be better than a 5-year-old generator that was used daily.
Contact Tri-County Water Services About Your Permanent Home Generator
Finally, if you need help deciding what’s the best generator for your home, or need professional installation or repair, then contact us at Tri-County Water Services! Our friendly and knowledgeable staff would love to help.