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Generator Buyer’s Guide

When it comes to powering your home during an outage or plugging electrical devices in when there’s no outlets close by, generators are a lifesaver. But with a variety of types, sizes and features purchasing the right one for your home can be a real challenge. So before you head out to the store, here’s what you need to know:

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When it comes to generators, there are a bunch of different types depending on the amount of power you need and how you prefer to power the machine:

  • Standy: this is the most expensive model, but it makes sense because these generators power your home’s most essential circuits when the power goes out. Standby generators are the big boxes you may have seen at your friend’s or neighbor’s house and they must be installed by a professional.
  • Portable: only need to power one or two devices for a short period of time? Looking for something you can move around your yard or take with you on a camping trip? Then this is the option for you.
  • Inverter: if you need a quiet model with a consistent power output, go with an inverter generator. They are equipped with a special microprocessor to regulate electricity.
  • Propane: this is cleanest option when it comes to emissions. They run on propane which you can purchase for a relatively low cost.

Some additional factors and features to consider include multiple outlets, electric start, fuel gauges, size and wattage. For more information about each type give the experts at Lon Lockwood Electric a call today!