Let’s face it, natural disasters do occur and most of the time with little or no warning. Nothing can be as frustrating as staying without power for extended periods of time when mother nature decides to knock-out the power grid with a random hurricane.
This is why every household especially those living in disaster-prone areas should make adequate preparations for such eventualities. Readiness for disaster cannot be complete without a source of alternate power supply.
For over a century, electrical power has been at the core of most human activities, especially in recent times. We are increasingly dependent on modern conveniences that make our day to day living easier and which are powered by electricity such that for many people, it would be hard to imagine a life without it.
When an earthquake, flood or hurricane suddenly strikes, a power generator comes in handy and keeps you from sliding into the dark ages. However, there are a wide array of sizes and models of power generators such that waiting for a disaster to strike before dashing out to get one might be foolhardy. Buying a generator requires deliberate consideration of lots of factors to avoid getting a generator that would have the usefulness of an ashtray on a motorcycle.
A starting point is to know your energy needs. What devices and appliances can you do without during a power outage? A careful audit of all the appliances and lights in your home will give you a fair idea of the power rating of the generator you should buy. There are handy guides which give the power requirements of all appliance you’ll ever need in your home.
A good home generator should be able to comfortably carry all the essential home appliances for the duration of the power outage without a hiccup. Naturally, the power required to run a 12-bedroom mansion will be more than that required for a 2-bedroom home. But then again, the number and type of devices that you’ll want to run is also a major determining factor. Power hungry gadgets like air conditioners, heaters, refrigerators and sump pumps usually consume the most electric power.
Secondly, the noise level should be within acceptable limits for a residential area which is 65dB, and 55dB measured at property boundary for daytime and nighttime use respectively. Very important too is your model’s compliance with the relevant air quality regulatory bodies- EPA for all the states of the US and CARB for California and the other CARP compliant states who have recently joined them.
Home standby generators are specifically designed for use as backup power to homes during power outages. They usually cost more and produce the most power- ranging from 5,000 to 50,000 watts. They are usually installed (permanently) by a professional electrician and are designed to start up automatically once the power goes out.
But for a far less expensive option, portable generators can be used as a backup power for homes. Below are our 3 top recommendations of portable generators that will look after your electrical needs in times of power outage.