Portable Generator – Benefits of Having One in Your Home
I’m sure at one point or another you’ve probably heard the term “portable generator” thrown around, although you may not know much about them. It’s important to note that there are loads of benefits of having one for your home and tons of options to choose from to meet your exact needs. From simple matters, such as a neighborhood power outage, to more serious events like natural disasters, portable generators offer their users some peace of mind. These can be a total life-saver during emergency situations. Read this post and consider purchasing one for your home too.
What Are They?
Generators exist to provide a temporary source of electricity which is created by burning either fuel, diesel, or propane (depending on the model). Portable generators, as the name has it, are portable. They are not permanently installed in a single location, giving them tons of potential. They also must be started manually, meaning you or someone else would have to be home in the event of a power outage in order to restore electricity.
Benefits of a Portable Generator
There are so many great benefits and uses of portable generators indoors and outdoors. Since they’re portable, there are probably so many more uses than you might realize. Some uses include:
Restore Electricity to Your Home or Business
You probably have experienced a power outage at your home or business sometime in your life, and I’m sure you know the drill – grab the flashlights, light the candles, and wait it out. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. With a generator on hand, you can restore power to your home almost immediately instead of having to wait on someone else to fix your problem.
There’s even a chance that you’ve been one of the unfortunate (like myself) to get caught up in a power outage that lasted several days. If that’s the case, you probably had the same problem as I did – losing all our food in the refrigerator. It’s something I didn’t think of at the time, but yes, refrigerators do run on electricity. It was at that point that I decided we had to get a generator. To avoid making the same mistake as we did, you’d be wise to keep a generator on deck. You quite honestly can never know what the future holds, and it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Provide Electricity for Recreational Events
If you like the wilderness, but maybe also like to have a couple of convenient amenities that the outdoors just can’t offer, you can easily bring your generator on your camping trips. With one, you can easily keep your campsite illuminated with lights, cook something out of the “camping norm”, create an outdoor movie theater experience with a projector, keep your tents cool with fans, and keep your cell phone all charged up.
If you like sports or music, you’ve probably done a little tailgating in your life. You could be the life of the party if you bring your generator along with you. Power up a TV, speakers, some fans, a few slow-cookers and you’re in business. You’ll have a great time and be able to bring the conveniences of home with you to the outdoors.
Bring Electricity Where it Normally Wouldn’t Be
Have you ever thought about using your shed or workshop for anything other than storage? It’s becoming more and more popular to convert your extra space into an office, play house, music or art studio, workout room, craft area, a game room, or so much more. Easily provide power to these fun spaces with a generator.
How to Choose Your Generator
There are so many options out there for generators. To better be able to determine a good fit for you, you’ll want to first determine what you’ll be using it for. There’s a few things you can look into to help you figure that out.
How Many Watts Will You Need?
- No matter the scenario you will be using your generator, list how many things you will need to power at the same time. Take not of each item’s starting and running watt requirements. You can usually find this information in the user manual or by conducting a simple search on the internet.
- Once you’ve determined the running watts of each item, add them all together. The generator you purchase will need to be able to produce at least that many running watts.
- Once you’ve determined the starting watt requirements for each item, locate the one that has the highest requirement. Add this one number to the total of all running watt requirements. The generator you purchase will need to be able to produce at least that many starting watts.
You’ll definitely want a generator that will be able to produce your running and starting watt requirements at MINIMUM. Remember, it’s better to purchase a generator with greater abilities than you think you’ll need, but these three steps will certainly give you an accurate estimate.
- The run time determines how long your generator will last without you having to refuel it. This could be a matter of personal preference, but it’s important to think about these things in advance. Buying a generator with a long run time could prevent you from having to wake up in the middle of the night to refuel.
- Outlets are another important component of generators. Make sure that the outlets on the generator will support the items that you will need to plug in.
- Another personal preference to keep in mind while picking out your generator should be portability. Depending on the model you get, some have different folding features that make it easier to transport around and store. Some come with their own cords too, which will cut down on the amount of extension cords you’ll need of your own. Again, this would be a nice feature for transport and storage.
Obviously, you have a lot to think about when choosing a generator. However, one thing that you should know for sure is that you can’t go wrong by having one. Even a small one to power small electronic devices is better than not having one at all.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again; Our would is extremely unpredictable. Don’t get caught up in a situation or emergency that leaves you unprepared. Stay one step ahead and grab yourself a generator!