Choosing A Backup Home Generator In Columbus, Ohio.

The times we live in are perilous. In the blink of an eye, a power outage can strike, causing anything from annoyance at the temporary loss of 2011-08-19 14.02.47TV reception to fear for life amidst crashing winds and storms of titanic proportions. Installing a backup home generator system can lessen the impact from the disasters of nature. To choose a backup generator system, follow the easy steps below.

• Determining how much power will be necessary to power the home is the first step in establishing which type of backup generator to purchase. It is important to consider all items desired to maintain a reasonably normal lifestyle. Items included by many people are the freezer and refrigerator, heat/air conditioning and basement water pumps. Often smaller items are also selected, such as computers, televisions, and telephones. Once the items have been determined, the wattage is calculated by either reading the owner’s manual or conducting simple research. The total wattage is then calculated to determine the low demand wattage. The result is the total wattage the generator will need to provide.
• Ascertain what type of generator is required for the specific situation. There are two types of backup generators: portable and permanent standby. Portable generators provide only enough power to run lights and several small appliances. The permanent standby generator, capable of supplying enough electricity to power an entire house, is especially helpful if someone in the home needs a steady power source for running medical equipment.
• Contemplate the cost. Permanent backup generators can cost up to $3,500 or more. The smaller portable versions can often be purchased for less than $1,000. It is important not to skimp on the physical capabilities of the generator in order to save a few dollars. If the motor of a generator is stressed, it will burn out very quickly. In addition, electrical equipment run by the generator can become permanently damaged by electrical backfeed when the power surges back on.
• Purchasing a generator that runs on easy-to-find fuel is critical to survival. If the generator runs out of fuel and no more can be found, it will be a sad day for the owner.

Columbus, Ohio, has its fair share of bad weather. Residents who install a home generator are empowering themselves, but also making a smart choice that can save lives.