Selecting the Right Generator for Your Home
Whether you need to power a few major appliances in your home during an occasional blackout or want the convenience of a standby or whole-house generator, home improvement specialists The Handyguys share tips on what to look for when selecting the right generator for your home.
PAUL: Alright, Brian, what do you got there?
BRIAN: Paul, I have a new generator.
PAUL: That’s a generator? I thought generators are usually big and heavy and on wheels?
BRIAN: Right, this is what they call an inverter generator. It’s a newer style generator.
BRIAN: They’re small. They’re lightweight. They’re very portable and especially they’re quiet.
PAUL: Ah, I like that and, you know, I would think something like this being so portable is very convenient and it could probably, what, power up a few devices in the household?
BRIAN: That’s right. It is 2,000 watts so you can power up your refrigerator, a few lights, run some … charge your phone off of it and things like that.
PAUL: OK, and I would think because it’s so small you could bring it camping, bring it to your vacation home, but I know you’ll still probably have to use it outside right?
BRIAN: That’s right. All of these outside. Never inside. Never in your garage.
PAUL: Right, so a generator you still want to run outside. It is a combustion engine. How loud is it?
PAUL: Not bad. I could see how you could run that and not disturb your neighbors.
PAUL: Alright, Brian, but what about when you have perhaps a well pump or some other appliances … HVAC system that you want to power up? This probably is not going to do it.
BRIAN: That’s right. You may need to go either to a larger inverter generator but inverter generators are more expensive.
BRIAN: Or just a larger portable generator may be what you need.
BRIAN: So, let me show you one of those.
PAUL: This is what I’m thinking of. A big generator like this. This is more powerful I see it is over 5,000 watts, but it’s probably got some downsides to it.
BRIAN: That’s right. So, it’s going to be loud. It’s going to be hard to store. It’s much bigger. It’s not as portable. It’s heavy.
BRIAN: You can’t throw it in the trunk of your car.
PAUL: Right, but I can see it will power more devices.
PAUL: I could power a well pump perhaps but what about those big units you see along the side someone’s house, the whole-house generator, when do I need that?
BRIAN: Whole-house generators are great especially if you’re in an area that’s prone to power outages.
BRIAN: You have one power outage and it comes on automatically and your whole house is powered.
BRIAN: And, they go through diagnostics every month. They’ll even send a message to your smartphone and tell you that they’re in good working order or when they come on.
PAUL: OK, so it looks like we have some choices here. You have the whole house if you can afford it.
PAUL: That’s going to power all kinds of things in your household.
BRIAN. Everything you need, right.
PAUL: A generator like this, a traditional portable generator, still heavy. It can be loud and might disturb your neighbors.
PAUL: It’s going to be a little bit cheaper than the inverter generators, but these are quiet and portable.
PAUL: So, don’t forget about these when you’re looking for generators because perhaps this is all you need.
BRIAN: That’s right.
PAUL: Alright, well thanks for watching the Handyguys … here is what we know about generators.