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What Type of Generator Do I Need?

Ensure that your home will always have power

generator Smithfield, NC It looks like the summer of 2024 is setting up to be another big hurricane season, with a forecast of an above-average number of hurricanes predicted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

This prediction stems from several key factors:

That risk of more tropical storms and hurricanes here in eastern North Carolina means there’s also an increased risk of power outages.

In an age where electricity is the backbone of our daily lives, having a reliable power source during an outage isn’t just a convenience—it’s a necessity.

Whatever the reason for power outages, a generator can be a lifesaver, ensuring that essential appliances and systems continue to function. For homeowners committed to emergency preparedness, understanding the different types of generators is crucial.

Parker Gas is here to help you find the ideal generator for your home. We are an authorized Briggs & Stratton dealer and provide expert installation and service of their top-quality propane whole-house standby generators. We can also install the propane tank for your new generator and provide reliable delivery along with the option of wireless propane tank monitoring.

Understanding your power needs

Before diving into the types of generators, it’s essential to understand your home’s power requirements. Every household has unique needs based on the appliances and electronics they use.

Calculate starting and running watts: To determine the right generator for your home, you’ll need to calculate the starting watts and running watts of your appliances. Starting watts are the extra power needed to start an appliance, while running watts are the continuous power required to keep it operating. For instance, a refrigerator might need 2,000 watts to start but only 700 watts to run. Make a list of critical appliances you want to power during an outage and calculate the combined wattage.

Accurate assessment ensures that you choose a generator that can handle your power needs without overloading. Overloading a generator can damage your appliances and the generator itself. By understanding your power needs, you’ll make a more informed decision, ensuring reliability and safety during emergencies.

There are various online tools and resources available to help you calculate your power needs. Many generator manufacturers offer wattage calculators on their websites. Additionally, consulting with a professional electrician can provide a precise assessment tailored to your home.

The advantages of a propane whole-house standby generator

Standby generators are permanently installed outside your home and automatically kick in when there’s a power outage. They can provide a seamless power supply to your entire home.

Standby generators are powerful and can handle the electricity needs of a whole house, including heating and cooling systems. They offer convenience, as they start automatically during an outage, ensuring uninterrupted power.

Installing a standby generator involves several steps, including choosing a suitable location, connecting it to your home’s electrical system, and setting up a transfer switch. Professional installation by Parker Gas ensures safety and compliance with local codes.

Regular maintenance ensures your generator remains in good working condition. While annual professional maintenance is needed, there are several things you can do yourself, such as cleaning the generator, checking for leaks, and replacing air filters. It is also recommended that you start your generator and let it run for 20 minutes once a month to check for any issues. Following the manufacturer’s maintenance schedule can help extend the life of your generator.

Are portable generators a good option?

Portable generators are typically less expensive than standby generators and are easy to store when not in use.

However, the downside is that they require manual setup and refueling, which might not be convenient and may be dangerous during a prolonged power outage, as severe weather may make going outside hazardous. Additionally, they may not provide enough power for all household needs, especially larger appliances.

Choosing the right size generator

Choosing the right size generator is crucial to ensure it meets your power needs without overloading.

Start by calculating the total wattage of all the appliances and systems you plan to power. Ensure that the generator you choose can handle this load.

Generators come in various sizes, from small portable units that provide a few hundred watts to large standby units that can power an entire home. Understanding these sizes and their typical usage scenarios will help you make an informed decision.

The experts at Parker Gas will work with you to understand your needs when it comes to a standby generator to make sure you get the right one for your home.

Investing in a generator provides peace of mind, knowing that you and your family will have access to essential services and comforts during emergencies. Contact Parker Gas today to get started.