When considering the purchase of a power generator, there are several must-have features that you should look for to ensure it meets your needs and provides reliable power supply. Here are some essential features to consider:
Sufficient Power Capacity
Determine your power requirements in terms of watts or kilowatts to ensure the generator can handle your needs. Consider both the starting (surge) and running (continuous) power requirements of your essential appliances or equipment.
Fuel Type and Efficiency
Choose a generator that runs on a fuel type that is readily available and suits your needs, such as gasoline, diesel, propane, or natural gas. Additionally, look for a generator with good fuel efficiency to minimize operating costs and ensure longer run times.
Portability and Mobility
If you anticipate needing to move the generator frequently, consider a portable model with built-in handles or wheels for easy transportation.
Automatic Start/Stop and Transfer Switch Compatibility
Automatic start/stop capability is convenient as it allows the generator to turn on automatically when a power outage occurs and shut off when power is restored. Additionally, ensure that the generator is compatible with a transfer switch, which allows for safe and efficient switching between utility power and generator power.
Low Noise Level
Look for generators specifically designed to operate quietly, especially if you plan to use it in residential areas or noise-sensitive environments.
Multiple Outlets and Voltage Options
Ensure that the generator has a sufficient number of outlets and various voltage options to accommodate your specific needs. Consider both standard electrical outlets and specialized outlets for larger appliances or equipment.
An electric start feature eliminates the need for manual recoil start, making it easier and more convenient to start the generator.
Fuel Gauge and Hour Meter
These features help you monitor the fuel level and track the generator’s running time, allowing for better maintenance and refueling planning.
This safety feature automatically shuts off the generator if the oil level drops too low, protecting the engine from damage.
Look for a generator with built-in overload protection, which safeguards the generator and connected devices from damage in case of excessive power draw.
Digital Display or Monitoring System
A generator with a digital display or monitoring system provides real-time information about power output, voltage, frequency, and other important parameters.
Warranty and Customer Support
Ensure that the generator comes with a warranty to protect your investment. Also, research the manufacturer’s reputation for customer support and after-sales service.
Remember to assess your specific power requirements and consider any additional features that may be important for your particular situation. It’s recommended to read reviews and compare models from different manufacturers to make an informed decision based on your needs and budget. Northside Power is your one-stop-shop for exploring your generator options. Your next generator purchase will ideally serve you and your household for years to come. Call us today to let us help you make the best choice to fit your budget and meet your specific needs.