What will you do when you find yourself with your family alone in the dark after a severe storm knocked out your power? This has happened to my family more times than I can count. There is nothing more frightening than to be without power, especially in the middle of winter in freezing cold temperatures. There are options my family discovered that helped get us through these difficult times.
When most of us thing about generators, we usually imagine the loud noises, the smoke billowing from the exhaust, and even smelling the exhaust fumes themselves. The idea of using a generator is something most of us can’t even imagine because of what we believe. The truth of the matter is new technology has made generators a better option for portable energy.
The new generation of power generators, the inverter generator, has become the new evolution in portable energy options for uses ranging from emergency power, recreational use, and professional use. Each of these uses can benefit from using an inverter generator or the traditional generator backups.
Emergency uses for inverter generators typically limit power consumption between 2000 and 6000 watts. Each home owner has specific needs; as a result, the higher the energy requirements, the higher the wattage should be. This should be kept in mind if you are trying to power more than one appliance. One thing to remember about higher wattage generators is a higher fuel consumption occurs.
Recreation functions such as camping or other outside functions have different needs than emergency power needs. The typical inverter generator for recreational use should not be less than 1000 watts or exceed 2000. Some people find benefit in running air conditioning units from a generator to prevent excess drain on a RV’s battery or reduce fuel usage.
If you find you need an inverter generator for your office, you probably won’t want to exceed 2000 to 4000 watts, just slightly less than what you would use for your home. IF you have higher power consumption needs such as a restaurant with refrigeration units you will want to consider higher wattage generators.
Ultimately, when planning for the unexpected power outage you must decide how much power output you require. You should also consider what your estimated power needs will be in the future. Spending just a few extra dollars today may keep you from spending several hundred to several thousand dollars next year when your power needs change. Whatever you choose, an inverter generator is something you will find beneficial no matter where it is used.