Frequently Asked Questions About Generators

Frequently Asked Questions About Generators

How do I correctly size a generator for my home?

You will need to estimate your power needs by reading the label on each appliance you want to power. Each label will tell you how many watts are needed to power that appliance. Add all the watts from each item you want to power. Once you had the total wattages, multiply that by 1.5. That will let you know what size you need. For more information, read our latest article “A Guide to Choosing a Generator For your Home

Will a 10000 watt generator run a house?

A 10000 watt generator will power not only basic essentials, but also larger loads such as a central air conditioning unit. However, if you are wanting to power multiple appliances like coffee makers, toasters and more to addition to the essentials and larger loads, you may want a higher watt generator. A 20,000 watt generator will cover pretty much everything in your home.

Why should I buy an automatic backup generator instead of a portable generator?

Portable generators are good if you just want to power the essentials such as your refrigerator. These are gas powered and are plugged into your appliances. Standby/Automatic power generators are a good option if you want to power everything in your home. These are powered by natural gas or propane and will automatically turn on. For a detailed comparison, read our latest article “A Guide to Choosing a Generator For your Home”.

How long do generators last?

How long a generator last depends on a lot of things such as maintenance, fuel quality and usage. Diesel Generators can last up to 30,000 hours. Portable generators lifespan is usually around 3,000 hours.

How long can a generator run continuously?

If the generator uses natural gas then it would only last till the line of gas ends. If the generator uses diesel or propane, it depends on the tank size. A fuel tank that is a gallon or two in size will last around eight to ten hours. A 500 gallon tank should be able to last about a week.

What is the best generator to buy?

The number one brand for generators is Generac. Generac produces all types of generators, as well as transfer switches. They provide 24/7 customer support to all customers and are committed to sustainability. Here at Palmer Electric, we install Generac generators. Call us today at 407-646-8700 for information on home or commercial generator installation.