Generators are a great way of dealing with the inconvenience of power outages. But, as this video explains, they are also used in various other applications, e.g., powering equipment when power outlets are far off or catering to off-grid homes. To know how powerful the generator required is, homeowners need to first add up the wattage of all appliances they wish to power during an outage.
After getting the total wattage, add an extra 20% to the total wattage to get the required wattage. Alternatively, consult generator installers for assistance on which size generator is best.
A 1200-Watt generator is capable of powering the lighting and charging outlets. A 3500W generator can power the lighting, sump pump, refrigeration, well pump, and microwave – but not all at the same time. A 9000W generator can power all the 3500W appliances in addition to a toaster oven, kettle, and range top. A 12,500W model can keep most homes running as usual in the event of a blackout. Portable generators mainly come in open-frame or inverter designs. The other option is a standby generator which is a large generator connected to a house’s wiring. They come on automatically during a blackout and switch off when the power returns.