Having a backup generator in your home is incredibly important. They keep your sump pumps working, they keep your food from spoiling, and they keep you warm when the power goes out mid winter. However, buying a backup generator isn’t like buying a microwave or a space heater, it is a little more complicated. Luckily, ElectricMasters is here to help! The following is our list of tips for buying/installing a backup generator in your home:
- Consider wattage- The last thing that you want to do is buy a generator that doesn’t have enough power to keep your home running. That is why it is important to calculate the wattage on all of the appliances you need, like your furnace, your refrigerator, etc. The wattage is generally listed on the electrical data plate on any appliance. If wattage isn’t listed, you can calculate it by multiplying the volts by the amps.
- Figure out where to put it- Carbon monoxide poisoning is a very real risk with portable generators, and you will want to make sure that you keep it at least 10 ft. away from your home. It is important to consider where you will put your generator long before you buy one, so that you know you have found a safe place.
- Always use a heavy duty extension cord to plug appliances in- You should never use a low quality extension cord to plug your appliances into your generator, as this could create a high risk for shock or fire. Instead, use a heavy-duty extension cord designed for outdoor use.