1 Determine starting wattage, running wattage, amps and volts of appliances which need to be run simultaneously.
|Starting wattage is the "surge" at start-up, running wattage is the continuous wattage available.
2 Wattage can be calculated using the formula Amps x Volts = Watts
- Smaller generators (1500 to 4000 watts) are generally 20 Amps, 120V
- Larger generators (5000 watts or higher)
- generally include at least one 30 Amp/ 240V outlet
3 Consider features such as remote start and availability of a wheel kit, and factors such as weight and noise.
See the attached "Generator Comparison" and "Wattage Worksheet" for more guidance.
4 Read the article "Why Do You Need an Emergency Generator..."
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