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How Big a Generator Should I Install for My Home?

Saturday, June 14th, 2014 by Kurt St. John


A generator in Bridgeport is an invaluable back-up for your home, providing you with light and power in the event that disaster falls. Thunderstorms and winter blizzards are on the rise, and while the public power grid does a great job in keeping the electricity on, Mother Nature’s unpredictability can strike at any time. When installing a generator, you need to know how big it should be. That is, how much power it is capable of producing. “How big a generator should I install for my home?” you ask. The answer depends upon your needs.

Every electrical appliance requires a certain amount of wattage. A central furnace, for example, usually requires 2500 watts to run, while a lamp may require only 100. Generators will tell you how many watts they can support, which will give you a good idea of how many appliances you can plug into them.

With that in mind, the question becomes “how many appliances should I plug into my generator.” Generally speaking, you want to have enough electricity to power your furnace/air conditioner, your refrigerator, and at least a few lights. Beyond that, you may want enough power to run a television in order to keep up with news events, a sump pump to keep your basement free of flood waters, and a number of additional lights to keep your home well-lit. Ideally, the generator will be powerful enough to run every appliance in your home comfortably, but that can run into budgetary and installation concerns in some cases.

The best option is to have a technician perform an energy audit to determine the power needs of your entire household. Once he does, you can prioritize your appliances by level of importance, and then choose a generator sized to fit both your needs and your budget. If you want to install a generator in Bridgeport, the experts at PowerHouse Home Services are standing by. We’ll help you answer any questions about how big a generator you should install for your home, then perform the operation with courtesy and care. Pick up the phone and give us a call today to make an appointment. You’ll be glad you did!