What Size Should My Generator Be?

Choose the Right Size GeneratorIf you leave in Southwest Florida – not necessarily, though – there’s no doubt that you’re in need of a generator. Whether hurricane is announced and you expect being left without power or you just want to have a backup if it suddenly runs off, a power generator is definitely a great buy. However, picking one is not as easy as you think.

One of the most important aspects you should take into consideration when buying one is the size of it. After all, you don’t want one that’s too small and not able to provide enough power, but neither pay for something big that you actually don’t need.

It’s highly recommended to look for a power generator outside the busy hurricane season, in order to have a lot of choices. It is well known that during that period a lot of people are interested in buying one, so the stocks are pretty limited. Besides, you want to prepare for an emergency in advance, right?

Generally speaking, there’s one big question to consider before deciding upon the power generator you will buy: What are you going to power with it?

Is it going to be for an air conditioner, a fridge or keeping the lights on? Keeping all the power on is ideal, but for this you need a big model which may turn out to be pricey. For starters, something able to power your fridge and charge a few devices should be just fine.

After taking this decision, you should also consider the types of power generators available right now: portable, stationary, or standby.

Usually, portable models are less expensive, but you need to fuel them from time to time, not to mention that they need maintenance. As for stationary models, they do require professional installation, but the main advantage is that they automatically start up when you’re out of power, which is a very big plus!

Last but not least, there’s the wattage, which splits power generators into a few categories:

  • Small portable models (3,000 to 4,000 watts)
  • Midsize portable or small stationary models (5,000 to 8,500 watts)
  • Large portable models (10,000 watts)
  • Large stationary models (10,000 to 15,000 watts)

At a second look, picking a power generator is not such a difficult task. Still, if you need any assistance, you can always contact the professionals at Mid Florida Diesel. With 25 years of experience, they can inform you about everything you need in terms of generators, whether it’s repairing, maintenance or buying them.

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