Living in Michigan, you’ve likely experienced the effect that our unpredictable weather has on your local power grid. Storms that brew in the winter and summer months have the potential to knock out your power at any given time. If you don’t have a standby generator ready to go, you could be left in the dark for the full length of outages that can last for days or even as much as a week. Factoring in the temperature as well, you could be braving sweltering heat or frigid cold to go along with the general inconvenience. From the health risks this presents, to the possible food waste, to the boredom in general of lacking power, there are plenty of good reasons to have a generator ready to help out. But generators aren’t one-size-fits-all appliances. Here’s what you should take into account when choosing the right generator for your home and needs.
The size of our generator doesn’t always line up with the size of your home, it depends instead on how much power is needed. This measurement of how much power your generator generates is called the electrical load. The electrical load isn’t the only thing that matters though. The other characteristic you need to keep in mind is the power output, meaning how many different things you can plug into the generator at once.
Unless you’re an expert in the inner workings of your home’s electrical appliances, this measurement is best left to the trained professionals at Lakepointe Electric.
No matter what kind of generator you get, you likely won’t be able to power every single thing in your home. Appliances that help you deal with temperature, store food safely, and give you light in the dark are great places to start. Then, you can start branching into things that help pass the time.
We find the best strategy for using your generator’s power efficiently is to consider what you will need continuously powered to make it through the power outage safely. Most power outages come with an estimate of when power will be restored, so you can base your timeline on that. But, they are just estimates, so have a backup plan ready. We recommend you plan for one full day without power, then have backup adjustments you can make if the outage goes for two days, three days, or up to a week.
While a manual-start gasoline generator is the cheaper option, especially if you don’t need much power, we recommend standby generators. Standby generators are hooked up to your home’s electrical grid and literally stand by, detecting the moment your power goes out so they can switch on automatically. This way, if your power goes out while you’re asleep, you won’t lose any time when essential appliances should have been powered.
Also, remember that while generators have a maximum electrical output listed on them, it’s generally recommended to only use 75% of the maximum so that your generator doesn’t overwork itself and burn out.
If you want to keep your home safe and comfortable and avoid food waste in the event of a power outage, there’s no better way to do so than having a home generator installed. At Lakepointe Electric, we carry a range of Power Protect and Fortress generators to suit any amount of electricity and budget. Our highly experienced staff can help you choose the best generator for your needs, and we can come to install it or maintain it whenever necessary. We also offer monthly financing so that you can get the generator you need without breaking the bank.