Assess your Power Needs When Selecting a Generator

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Nearly a year ago, in the days leading up to Christmas, the Greater Toronto Area was reeling from the devastation caused by the an unprecedented  ice storm's wrath.
Homes were damaged or destroyed, roads were closed, water and food supplies were compromised. But perhaps the most widespread problem was power outages. Folks who never dreamed of life without a light in the refrigerator suddenly had life without refrigeration. The result was inconvenience, expense and danger.
Even for those of us who claim to be capable and well equipped, a sudden and prolonged power outage can be traumatic.
After being powerless with my wife and a young child for nearly a week, and talking to power supply authorities and hearing their account of the situation, I am convinced that owning a generator is a great idea.
In order to make an intelligent generator purchase, you have to consider what appliances you need to run in the case of an outage? Preserve food, make heat, power a well pump and have light. Forget the hair dryer and dishwasher; never-mind the television and the toaster, think about the essentials.
Once you have the list of needed appliances, go to each of them or consult an electrical load chart to find out how much power (watts) they require at start-up. Add the start-up wattage of each necessary appliance to get your maximum load. This will be your guide to properly sizing your generator in terms of power production.
After you have decided on the wattage output, a more involved procedure begins. Not unlike buying a car, buying a generator involves deciding on which engine, fuel type and style fits you best. Most homeowners settle on a traditional gasoline powered models.  These offer much more portability, are less costly and much easier to maintain.
Each type offers different features and it is important to consider things like physical dimensions, user friendliness and how much noise a generator makes. These factors vary from machine to machine and could make a huge difference when the time comes to put it to use.
As with any large purchase, it is important to be well informed and comfortable with your purchase.  We want to ensure you have the power you need when the lights go out.  At Alpine, we are your complete resource center for your Honda generator. from parts, to power assessments we have helped a number of local residents find the power supply's they need. Frojm powering hot dog stands to powering a commercial construction site we are here for you every step of the way.
Ice storms and excessive amounts of snow are rare and Sandy was an extraordinary event. Preparing for something of that magnitude is very hard to do. But, by having a generator at the ready it is possible to stave off some of the immediate and serious threats that occur in the face of a power outage.
So if you are considering a generator purchase, you should measure your power requirements, consider your options and choose wisely. By doing that up-front work you should end up with the right tool for the job. With a little luck, you will never need it, but if you do, you will be happy you made an educated purchase.
Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have.


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