Trying to figure out what standby generator is right for your needs can seem very confusing at times. The potential shopper can be overwhelmed by critical questions. Just a few of these questions are:
- What do I want to power in my house?
In order to get the correct generator for your needs, you must figure out what you want to power in your house. Do you want to power just a few lights? Would you like to have heat or air conditioning when the power fails? Is there any important medical equipment that you or your loved ones depend on? Answering these questions are a critical first step in the purchase process.
- Which model should I buy?
The next issue you face is that of model selection. If you get a model that is too expensive then you’re wasting your money. If you get a model that doesn’t provide enough electricity then you’re setting yourself up for disaster down the road. This is because if the generator supplies inadequate amounts of power then all of the appliances connected to it will actually try to draw more power, in an effort to sustain themselves. This process will soon burn out your generator and could very easily burn out appliances connected to it.
- Who should I buy it from?
Buying a standby generator from a large retail store may seem like an attractive option in the beginning. They offer brand name recognition and low prices. Unfortunately, many of the larger stores will leave the customer to fend for themselves when it comes to installation and post-installation maintenance.
- How am I going to pay for it?
Prices of standby generators can sometimes be rather expensive. How will you pay for one? Does the vendor that you are buying from have a good financing plan?
- How am I going to install it?
For many people, this can seem like the most difficult step. Installing a standby generator requires specialized knowledge of plumbing and wiring. Is the generator that you picked easy to install? Can you do it yourself? If you do attempt a generator installation without proper skills and equipment, then you stand a good chance of doing harm to yourself and your property.