How to choose a Generator for Everyday Usage

Choosing a generator for everyday usage may not be something that you had ever considered before.

But whatever your needs, one thing is pretty universal; you need power to make these needs happen. So whether you like it or not going through the steps and choosing a generator for everyday use may be exactly what you have to do.

Here are some steps to follow before you take the plunge so that you can fully appreciate what your individual generator needs are going to be!

What will you be using the generator for?

Probably the biggest question you need to answer is what the overall use of this generator will be.

  • Where will this generator be used?
  • For backup of your home electrical system?
  • For recreational mobile use like camping or on a boat?
  • Or for more of an industrial usage, like for power at a construction site or other job location?

These are all factors which are going to weigh in on your decision for the type, style, efficiency, and selection of your generator.

What are your noise level requirements?

One more consideration that you need to take into account when choosing a generator for everyday usage is what is the noise level of the model generator you are looking at?

Noise may not seem to be something that you care all that much about; especially when you are not there; but noise does need to be taken into account.

Even more than noise in a residential setting (which kind of goes without saying) but there may be ordinances for the different worksite and industrial applications as well.

Don’t be coy about this either; just because you think your worksite is out of range, in a remote location, that won’t stop sheriffs from coming in and slapping violating worksites with all manner of fines.

From a more practical application generators which are too noisy aren’t really good for RV’s, camping, and other personal outdoor activity either.

What kind of fuel efficiency do you require?

Another thing to take into account when you are choosing your generator is gauging how well the generator will run.

You don’t want to have a generator which uses up all of it’s power in a short amount of time; that won’t do you or your job any good.

Even if it’s for personal use what good is a generator which needs to keep being powered up if you’re out on a wilderness trip?

Ideally you would want a generator which can last up to 20 hours on a single tank of gas.

If you have to be filling up your generator any more often than that then you might have the wrong generator.

Auto throttle is also another feature to look out for; this is a feature which raises the RPM from idle when required and then returns it to idle when that’s all that is necessary.

Consistency is key when you are looking into choosing a generator for everyday usage; you want your power fluctuations to be as few as possible.

Service & Support of your generator

You are also going to want to have a good support system in place if and when your generator ever needs to be serviced.

The value of a good service team in place from a company who stands behind their products and their brands cannot be overstated.

Of course choosing a generator for everyday usage is also going to be a financial consideration that you are going to have to make and these factors above all take the monetary aspect into account.

But if you remember your individual needs and look honestly at how you would or would not use a generator, you can make an informed purchasing decision.

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Author: Energy Solutions Editor

Writing about modern energy solutions & off grid living including gasoline and diesel generators and wind, solar and geo thermal solutions.

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