How to Choose the Right Generator

Outdoor Power Equipment | August 25, 2022

From portable generators and inverters to residential and commercial standby generators, there are many options available for home and business owners to choose from. With so many options available, it can be difficult to determine which product or brand is the right fit for your needs and budget. As a leading provider of quality outdoor power equipment, the team at Western Equipment knows how beneficial a generator can be for homes and commercial properties of all sizes. That is why we have compiled some information outlining how to choose the right generator for your specific needs.

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4 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Generator

There are many different types and brands of generators available. If you are trying to figure out which generator is best suited to your needs, some questions to consider before choosing a generator include:

1. How Much Power does it Need to Generate?

First, you will need to think about what the generator will be used for. The amount of power that you need will vary greatly based on the devices you need to power during an outage. For example, if you need to power your appliances during a prolonged outage, you will need a more powerful generator than an individual who is looking to power small devices while camping. Standby generators typically offer a much higher power output than portable generators, but they are also significantly more expensive.

2. Where Will You Use the Generator?

Do you intend on only using your generator for your home, or will it be used at other locations as well? If you intend on taking your generator into the woods on camping or hunting trips, you will likely benefit from a portable generator or inverter as these units are designed for mobility and easier transportation.

3. How Long Does the Generator Need to Run?

If you are subjected to consistently long power outages and need to power your devices for many hours, it is usually best to go with a standby generator. Standby generators are specifically designed to support large appliances and equipment for a long time, generating more power while using less fuel.

4. Are You Looking for a Specific Brand?

There are numerous brands of generators available, each with their own unique characteristics and features. Be sure to talk to an expert before deciding on a generator, as they may be able to recommend specific brands or models that are ideal for your needs and budget. This is preferable to spending more on a unit from a specific brand that exceeds your needs.  

If you would like to find out more about how to choose the right generator, or if you would like to learn more about any of our other products and services, please contact Western Equipment by filling out a contact form on our website and we will get back to you as soon as possible.