When choosing a generator, you have a few things to consider. Make sure
that you have chosen between a stand alone unit and a portable unit and
know their pros and cons. One of the most important things to look at is
how much power your generator needs to supply for meet your needs.
If your power goes out just a few times, you can probably get by with a
2,000 watt generator. This will be enough to run a refrigerator, lights,
and maybe a small appliance. But 2,000 watts will not power the house.
If you want to run more than a refrigerator, and a few lights, like a
television and computer, you will need to kick it up to at least 4,000
If you want an almost full replacement of power, and certainly if you
want air conditioning, you will need a minimum of 6,000 watts. This is
certainly the amount of power you will probably want to choose if you
are looking for a stand alone generator.
A stand alone unit will be much more expensive. Because of the cost, you
may well indeed opt for a cheaper portable unit. Since all power outages
are temporary, but a hardship, you may well get buy with a smaller unit.
You will need to adjust your lifestyle. A refrigerator is a must, so
certainly you will want one to power that. But if you can't do without
TV and a computer, you need to spring for a bigger generator.
talk things over with your family. Talk about what it was like when the
power went out before for a long time. How did you cope? Was it easy?
Was it hard? Is your family adaptable? Do you have medical devices that
must be powered?
When choosing the right generator, size matters. Your generator store or
dealer will have a way to calculate how much electricity you need for
your situation in case of a power outage.