With hurricanes and sand storms it makes sense to invest in a backup power generator for your home, to prepare for any future storm or power outage eventuality. Of course this leads to the obvious questions: “Where do you even begin to look?” and “What’s the best generator option for your home and needs?” In today’s world, power outages are a real possibility. Generators are a good source of emergency power, however care must be taken to make sure the proper generator, cable connections and power transfer switch are sized and properly installed. During a power outage, more inconvenience is the last thing you want or require.

There are a wide variety of portable diesel generators that are currently available for customers to purchase. Some are more suitable then others for connecting to your house.

When selecting a generator to connect to your house, you should make sure that the generator:

  • will not damage susceptible electronic appliances/equipment,
  • provides the capability to start large motor loads such as a well pump, if required,
  • has a 120/240-volt connector(s)

Talking about what size generator you require; if you are purchasing a generator, you will want one that has a large enough capacity to operate your large appliances and appliances with motors. You can always operate other smaller loads/appliances by rotating them on and off as necessary. For example, if you have a generator with 7200 continuous watts of capacity, you can run the hot water heater (usually 4800 watts) during a power outage by turning off the majority of other household breakers until the water tank heats up. Once the water is heated, shut off the water heater breaker and switch the other household circuit breakers back on.

To determine the loads you can support with a portable generator, you must consider both the “running watt” and the “starting watt” needs of the loads you want to operate.