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What Type of Generator is Right for My House?

When the power goes out, normal life grinds to a halt. However, with a generator you can get some normal function back into your house as you wait for the power to come back on. When you’re shopping for a new generator to get through the next blackout in Asheville, NC, keep these points in mind.

How the Generator Works

There are two main types of generators: standby and portable. Portable generators are smaller and typically run on gasoline. Standby generators are professionally installed next to your home and run on natural gas or propane. The smallest portable generator has enough power to run appliances like the refrigerator, microwave, and a few lights while a standby generator is powerful enough to run a central air conditioner.

What You Want to Power

The most important job of a generator is to power essential items during a blackout, and you need to decide which appliances are most important. Make a list of everything you need running during a blackout. Then, look for the label on each appliance that has the wattage, and write that down as well. Add these numbers up for the minimum wattage you need your generator to power.

The Space You Have Available

If you choose a portable generator, keep in mind that you’ll need some extra space for it to run properly. As their name suggests, these generators are on wheels, and you can move them or take them with you if necessary. When the power goes out, you need to put a portable generator at least ten feet from your home to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.

Ease of Use

A standby generator automatically turns on when the power goes out even if you’re not home. It will also automatically switch off once the power is restored. A portable generator uses extension cords to power the appliances you have selected.

If you’re looking for a new generator before the next power outage, contact the professionals at Nicholson Company at 828-697-2638for help in choosing the right model for your house.