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Buying Portable Home Generators: A Guide on Everything to Know

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Have you found that your home tends to lose power at least a few times throughout the course of the year?

Rather than putting up with power outages, consider investing in a portable home generator. Portable home generators are an affordable solution for those who want to supply their houses with power during outages.

Portable home generators can also be used on construction sites, on camping trips, and in other situations where you need a power source in a place that doesn’t have one available. You’ll get plenty of use out of a generator once you welcome one into your life.

There are lots of different portable generators that you can choose from when you’re in the market for one. Here are some useful tips that will help you find the right portable generator for your home.

Buy a Portable Home Generator From a Trusted Name

Portable home generators have become more popular in recent years thanks to the erratic weather patterns that have affected many parts of the country. As a result, there are more companies throwing their hats into the ring and producing generators.

That being said, you should do your homework on generator manufacturers and make sure you buy your generator from one you trust. A manufacturer should be experienced when it comes to producing generators and have a long list of great reviews from satisfied customers.

Consider How Much Power You Need From a Generator

How much power do you need a portable home generator to be able to produce? That’s a question that you’re going to need to ask yourself before you start shopping around for one.

You’re going to be able to find everything from small 1,800-watt generators all the way up to 20,000-watt generators. And the last thing you want to do is buy a generator that’s either too small to provide your home with power or so large that it produces way more power than you need.

Take a look at how many watts some of the larger appliances in your home require to run. This will give you a better idea of how big your generator needs to be.

Look at What Type of Fuel Is Used in a Generator

Most generators run on gas. But there are also generators that run on diesel as well as generators that run on solar-powered batteries.

Gas generators are probably the most popular types of generators since gas is so easy to get. But keep in mind that you might struggle to find gas in the days leading up to a big storm.

Diesel generators, meanwhile, are very fuel-efficient and will help you avoid having to wait in long lines for gas in the leadup to a storm. It’s up to you to decide which type of fuel will work best for you when you’re powering up a generator.

Find Out How Large a Generator’s Fuel Tank Is

When it comes to fuel and generators, you should consider more than just what kind of fuel you’ll need to use. You should also look at the size of the fuel tanks on generators to see how much fuel they’re capable of holding.

The larger that a fuel tank is, the longer you’ll be able to use it without having to worry about refueling. But a larger fuel tank may also make it difficult to move your generator around with ease.

Choose the right size fuel tank based on when and where you’ll be using your generator.

Listen to How Much Noise a Generator Makes

Are you concerned about how much noise a generator might make once you fire it up?

You should be! There are some portable home generators—especially the larger ones that are capable of providing power to entire homes—that make a lot of noise when they’re turned on.

If noise is a concern for you, attempt to stick with a smaller generator. Most generators that produce less than 4,000 watts of power will stay fairly quiet when you’re using them.

Anything above that will produce a lot of noise. But there are some large generators that are louder than others.

Try to either test out generators to see how noisy they are or read reviews for them to find out what other people have to say about the noise factor.

See How Portable a Generator Is

Not every portable home generator is as portable as you might think. Some require two or three people to move them around.

Ideally, you should look for portable home generators that come with wheel kits. These wheel kits will make it simple for you to maneuver your generator and move it around on your own.

Think About the Cost of a Generator and the Warranty on It

Cost shouldn’t be the only thing you’re concerned about when looking for portable home generators. If you go with the cheapest generator you can find, it could come back to bite you later.

Instead, look for a generator that offers all the features you want and need for the right price. Additionally, try to find a generator with a warranty that extends for at least a few years.

If there is ever an issue with your generator, you’ll be able to either get it repaired or replaced with this warranty. It’s well worth paying a little extra money for a generator to get a great warranty to go along with it.

Shop Around for Portable Home Generators Before Buying One

As you can see, there are so many things to consider when you’re trying to find the right portable home generators. From the size of a generator to the cost of it, you should think about each factor before settling on the generator you like most.

Once you have a generator in your garage, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without one before. It’ll come in handy the next time you lose power in your home or need power in a remote location.

Read some of our other articles to find out more about portable generators and the benefits of owning one.

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