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How to Choose the Right Standby Generator

If you experience frequent power outages in your home, you have likely considered purchasing a standby generator to alleviate the stress caused by these outages. While every standby generator is designed to perform a similar purpose, it can be difficult to determine which option is best for your needs and budget. As a leading provider of electric generator sales and installation services, the team at Expert Electric knows how beneficial the right standby generator can be for every home. That is why our team has provided some information to help you understand how to choose the right standby generator for your home.

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What to Know When Choosing a Standby Generator

When choosing a standby generator for your home, it is crucial to know the following information:

The Amount of Power You Need

The first thing you will need to consider when selecting a generator is the wattage requirements of your home. To determine this, you will need to add up the wattage of everything you wish to power via your generator. This may include lights, your refrigerator, your washing machine, a device charger, or your air conditioning system. The more devices and appliances you wish to use, the more wattage you will need. Below is a list of approximate running wattage ratings for various household appliances and devices:

  • Refrigerator/Freezer: 600 – 800 watts
  • Electric Range (one element): 2500 watts
  • Toaster: 1,100 – 1,700 watts
  • Microwave: 800 – 1,200 watts
  • Coffeemaker: 400 – 800 watts
  • Electric Oven: 5,000 watts
  • Television: 100 – 350 watts
  • Personal Computer: 300 – 2000 watts
  • Hair Dryer: 1200 – 1500 watts
  • Vacuum: 700 – 1400 watts
  • Space Heater: 1,000 – 1,500 watts
  • Table Lamp: 150 watts
  • Electric Furnace: 5,000 – 25,000 watts
  • Heater (radiant): 1,200 – 1,500 watts
  • Central Air Conditioning: 2,000 – 4,000 watts
  • Electric Water Heater: 3,000 – 4,500 watts
  • Water Pump: 1,000 – 2,000 watts
  • Window Air Conditioner: 600 – 1,500 watts
  • Outdoor Lighting: 500 – 1,000 watts
  • Sump Pump: 1200 – 1,800 watts

The Differences Between Starting and Running Wattage

Before you can calculate your wattage requirements, you will need to understand the differences between starting and running wattage. Starting wattage—sometimes referred to as surge watts—is best defined as the amount of electricity you need to start a device. In most cases, the amount of power you need to start a device is roughly three times the amount you need to keep it running smoothly. Running wattage—also known as continuous wattage—is the amount of electricity you need to keep the device running after it has been powered on.

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