Be prepared for the next power outage, camping trip or renovation project by finding the right generator. A portable generator or inverter generator provides recreational, jobsite or limited home standby power, while an automatic standby generator starts when there’s an outage and provides power to selected circuits or your whole house.
Here are some questions to get you started on picking a generator:
- What do you need a generator for? Do you want to ensure your home or cottage has power if there’s an outage, or do you want portable power for projects or outdoor trips?
- Do you need to power hardwired items such as a furnace, well pump or air conditioner?
- Will you be powering computers, home electronics or other sensitive equipment?
- Do you need your generator to start automatically if an outage occurs?
- What are your wattage needs? Find out by filling out our wattage worksheet. Some general guidelines are:
- 5000-7000 watts (home essentials use)
- 3000-5000 watts (jobsite use)
- 1000-3000 watts (recreational use)
REMEMBER: For safety reasons, always make sure the items or circuits you’re powering meet your generator’s wattage capacity (a transfer switch can keep track of your wattage levels).