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Portable Generators as Back up Power For Your Home

If you are part of the millions of people who have been through one of the devastating storms, hurricanes, tornadoes or ice and snow storms in recent years, you probably know what it’s like trying to live a somewhat normal life without electric power. When your heater goes out in the middle of winter, or your air conditioner in summer, as well as TVs and communication devices, it can be not only inconvenient but sometimes life threatening.

A power outage can put businesses in the position of having to shut down or to reschedule production which will cost them many dollars in the process. Home owners and businesses alike are turning to emergency electric generators to provide the temporary power for their critical electrical equipment.

In a business establishment it is important to have a generator that is not only large enough to handle the emergency needs but also be easy for your employees to use and is not too hungry for fuel.

Modern Portable Generators are being produced by companies like Generac, Yamaha, Westinghouse, Honda,  Multipower, Pramac, Champion, Briggs and Stratton, ETQ, Duromax and many others. Competition to make the handiest and best portable generators for 2018 has caused the manufacturers to make lots of different sizes and designs to cater to the many different consumer needs. Today’s Portable Generator with options like electric start, wheel kits, and automatic low oil level shut down makes them safer, quieter, more fuel efficient, more user friendly than ever before, and at reasonable prices.

Choosing the size (wattage) of generator you need is an important consideration for the homeowner or business owner. Most home owners only want to power a few lights, a refrigerator, and maybe a pump or heater. These items can be run with a much smaller generator than some one trying to power an entire household or a business. Adding the watts of the items that you want to power during an emergency will give you an approximate size of the portable generator that you need. You will also need additional watts in your calculations for motor starting loads if you are powering anything that has a motor. Motors can take up to three times the listed watts when they first start. What ever your requirements there is a generator to match your needs. You will find many sizing charts on line to help you select your correct size. Don’t try to undersize or your generator will shut down when it is overloaded.

Today’s portable generators are available in sizes that you can easily pick up and carry to your boat, or larger units that can be outfitted with wheels. You may even want a generator that will run your entire house and they can be installed so that they come on automatically whenever you lose power.

Portable generators can be purchased that will run on traditional gasoline, propane, diesel or natural gas and some are available that will run on two or three different types of fuel with only a Flip of a switch. This option is a real lifesaver when your local gas stations are shut down from a shortage of gasoline.

Inverter Generators are another option. An inverter generator furnishes very clean power so it will not harm your sensitive electronic devices. There is no problem running a computer or TV on a good inverter type generator.

All of these new portable generators can furnish you emergency power for your home or business and you can pack them up and take them out on the farm or on your next camping trip for power to your RV.

So if you are looking for a reasonably priced portable generator or inverter generator, go online today and browse through the options available, read the specifications and pick the generator that best fits your needs as well as your budget. Then you will have the peace of mind and the satisfaction of knowing that you are prepared for that next power failure.