So you know what kind of generator you want after reviewing Power Generators Part 2; now you have to figure out which generator will serve your needs. Your first option is you can always ask an electrician such as us at Cote Electric LLC what he or she thinks would fit you best.

You will have to figure out what wattage you would like the power generator to produce. There are all kinds of makes and models that produce a variety of outputs. Let’s look at some common ones:

7,500 watts or more

Generally you will want a 7,500 watt or more generator if you are looking to power a lot of items, like your refrigerator, a water heater, a water well pump (if you are on well water), a sump pump, your security system, a garage door opener, a space heater, a microwave, a toaster, some entertainment items like an xbox or playstation, and more.

5,000 watts or more

Generally you will want a 5,000 watt or more generator if you are looking to power your refrigerator, a water well pump (if you are on well water), and a sump pump.

Less than 5,000 watts

Generally you will want a 5,000 watt or less generator if you are looking to power bare essentials like just your refrigerator and furnace. A small generator of 2,000 watts can run your refrigerator, but not much else.

Briggs and Stratton provides a great power calculator to help you determine what kind of generator you should purchase.

Feel free to give Cote Electric LLC a call at (603) 624-7970 for a consultation on which kind of generator may benefit you most.

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