When it comes to backup generators, you have options that can be tailored to different budgets and usage needs. Whether you are looking for a small portable solution to power one or two appliances in your home, or are looking for backup electricity for entire rooms, there is a great solution for your needs.
In this article, we will discuss some of the common generator options and what these types of generators can power. There is sure to be a perfect solution for your needs no matter how big or small they are. Learn more and find out which type of generator is best for your home.
What Will a 16Kw Generator Run?
A 16Kw Generac generator is a great choice for anyone who wishes to keep their most needed appliances and electrical components of their home operating during a power outage. This can include air conditioning units and hot water heaters but also things you desire such as a TV and lighting to rooms in your home. Generac generators can provide power to many electrical appliances and full circuits in your home. Though 16kw Generac generators are a popular size, it might not be the correct size for your home or electrical needs. It is always best to consult with a licensed electrician for guidance on which size of generator will meet your expectations and be appropriate for the size of your home.
What Will a 2000-Watt Generator Run?
A 2000-watt generator is a small, portable generator that will be useful for powering smaller appliances. Though it can be a helpful tool to use in emergency situations, it does not have the ability to power all the essentials in your home. Many people use 2000-watt generators to power the electrical components of their mobile homes and trailers when electrical hookups are not available. This style of generator runs on gas and is nothing like the more powerful 16kw generators we discussed above. Some of the items you could power with your portable generator include the following.
- Space heater
- Coffee maker
- Power tools
How to Plug a Generator into Your Home?
If you are wondering how to hook up a gas generator to your home, there are a few options available to you. Whether you are using a portable gas generator or have a Generac generator installed, you will need to ensure that you use it properly. You cannot simply plug your generator into a wall and expect it will work!
If you have a portable generator, you may find it suitable to simply use extension cords to plug in your desired appliance to the generator. If you have a Generac generator or simply want a better and safer solution than extension cords, a transfer switch is your best bet.
A transfer switch will allow for a seamless transition to your backup generator allowing you to have power without needing to fuss around with cords when you need power most. A transfer switch is essential if you install a backup generator in your home.
At Penfold Electric, we have more than 40 years of experience in helping clients with their residential electrical service needs. We would be pleased to assist you with the installation of a Generac generator for your home, including the Generac transfer switch. For more information on why a Generac generator is a good idea for your home see our previous article How Much Does a Generator Cost where we help you understand both the costs and benefits of choosing a Generac generator for your home.