Not yet registered? Create a OverBlog!

Create my blog

A buyer's guide to generators for sale

Buying a generator is a great idea if you live in a remote area or experience frequent power outages. Buying standby generators can be a difficult choice as there are models to suit a wide range of specialisms and budgets. In this guide, we'll show you how to cut through the jargon and find the best unit which will suit you and your family.

Minimum requirements

The energy consumption The power consumption of your house is measured in Watts. The first thing you should do before considering any electric generator is appraise your energy consumption. You really need to calculate two requirements.
The first is minimum continuous load. -Add up all the peak power consumption of essential devices in your home. This will include one or two light bulbs, the fridge and freezer, one ring of an electric stove, an electric heater for one room and consideration for any specialist medical equipment that you might have in your home. -Then, appraise maximum consumption, what is the total wattage if you were to use all the devices in your house at full power, all at once. When you have done this, you will have found the range of generators that you need to consider. The rest is up to your budget, the larger the wattage, the more expensive its initial cost will be and the more fuel it will use. If you are only experiencing infrequent and temporary outages, buying a generator which is double your minimum needs is a safe bet.

Buying a generator

Reliable generator The most important consideration for your generator is reliability. For this reason, many people only consider new generators. The more money you spend on your generator, the quieter and more efficiently you can expect it to operate. Some models may even have battery powered electric starters to prevent you from starting your unit with a pull cord. Once you have purchased your generator, you will need to make some additional preparations and purchases to ensure that it can be operated safely. Firstly, make sure that the exhaust is properly vented or the unit is kept in an outside location. Failure to do this can lead to death from carbon monoxide poisoning. Next, make sure that the generator can be connected to your house mains via a proper heavy duty cable. Avoid home made extension cords at all costs. Finally, you'll need to keep spare fuel both in the generator and in a suitable fuel storage container. Add stabiliser to the fuel to prevent it from chemically degrading. It's a good idea to fire up your generator once a month, lubricate it every other month and perform an annual maintenance check.

Same category articles Home appliances

A guide to buying a portable washer

A guide to buying a portable washer

A portable washer can be a practical appliance to have if you live in a small apartment or if you move around constantly. In today's marketplace, there are many portable washer models and brands to choose from, which can make it difficult for you to choose one which is right for you. This article contains helpful tips and suggestions that would help you decide on what portable washer to buy.
Buying a Britannia range cooker

Buying a Britannia range cooker

Whether you are building your new house or thinking of making a renovation, you definitely have a lot in your mind. Your cooker is something that you should not worry about - you just have to trust Britannia, one of the most popular kitchen accessories companies. Read the following article and find all that you need to know about Britannia range cookers.
A guide to buying a built-in gas double oven

A guide to buying a built-in gas double oven

A gas oven can be a wonderful appliance for your kitchen. Before electric appliances became so popular, gas was the traditional cooking method. Today, many appliance manufacturers still make gas double ovens either, as stand-alone ovens or as built-in hobs or as part of a range like an Aga. This article will provide a guide to buying built-in gas double oven.
How to choose the right dishwasher detergent

How to choose the right dishwasher detergent

For many years, the dishwasher was a person or people who did the dishes. The first mechanical dishwasher was invented in 1850. It was a a wood machine that turned due to a handle and splashed the dishes with water. A woman invented the first "practical dishwasher" in 1893. Her name was Josephine Cochran. However, it was not until 1950 that the dishwasher, as it is known today, appeared. Choose the right dishwasher liquid for it today.