When your power goes out without warning, there is very little to do but sit in the dark and wait around for the electric company to fix the problem. But while you’re sitting there without any juice, you’re not just bored, you can be uncomfortable without any cooling or heating system to regulate the interior temperature of the home. Not to mention all of that food in your refrigerator and freezer spoiling with every hour that passes.
Simply put, a power outage can make life difficult and cost you a whole lot of money in the process.
But not when you have a backup generator in the home. Purchasing one of these can make life a whole lot easier, particularly for those residences that are located in regions of the country that see a lot of extreme inclement weather such as hurricanes, high winds, and heavy, sustained levels of precipitation.
If this all sounds like a great idea, you’ll need to go shopping around for the right unit and prepare your home for its arrival. Here are the ways in which you should go about doing just that:
Power Load Capacity
Searching for a generator should only take place after you’ve done a little homework about your home first. You need to determine the wattage requirements for all the appliances, lights, and assorted other electrical components you’ll want to power when an outage occurs. This will help you purchase a generator strong enough to manage all of those items.
So figure out the running wattage and startup wattage of every electrical component in the home, add it all up and you are ready to make your purchase.
As you shop around, you’ll find a wide variety of generators from which to choose. Each one will come with specific advantages and disadvantages that can help to inform your decision. Among those options is the type of gas you’ll need to use to fuel the generator. Most of them operate on one of three possible alternatives, natural gas, propane, or gasoline.
The thing to think about is which one is the most convenient for you to have on hand when it comes time to fuel and operate the generator.
Transfer Switch Setup
A very important part of the preparatory process is to establish a way to tap into your home’s electrical apparatus through the generator. You can’t just tap in directly as that could create a significant risk of electrocution to you and anyone working on your regional power grid. Installing a transfer switch alternative in the home helps to avoid these potential issues by removing your home from the grid while the power is out and you are using the generator as a source of electrical current.
Lastly, you’ll need to do a practice run of installing your generator before you are faced with an outage. Getting into a routine and knowing how to perform all of the important steps ahead of time will make sure you are ready to have your generator up and running when the power goes out for real.
So take a few dry runs with your new genny to help familiarize yourself for the real thing.