Residential GeneratorsAfter Power Generators Part 3, you should now have a general idea about what kind of generator you want, and how many items you would like to power. Now it’s time to talk about something else: Starting watts and running watts.

Running watts are the continual amount of watts needed to run appliances. Starting watts are an additional amount of electricity that may be required to start motor-driven appliances. So what does this mean? Things like refrigerators that contain motors may need additional watts to begin running, much like carburetors in older cars needed additional fuel to turn over the engine.

These are things that you will want to consider when making your purchase of your generator. Are you planning on running multiple refrigerators, a freezer, a blender, a vacuum, or anything with a motor? You might want to consider using a larger generator that can produce more wattage.

Another thing to consider is maximum power versus rated power. Maximum power is usually the power rating touted on the box. This is the maximum amount of power the generator can produce. The rated power of a generator is the amount of power a generator can produce for a long period of time. This number is generally less than the amount of maximum power. For example, a generator that has 4,000 watts maximum (or peak), may have a rated power of 3,200 watts.
If running watts and starting watts make your head spin, it’s all right! Let the professionals at Cote Electric LLC help you figure out which kind of generator you should buy. Give us a call at (603) 624-7970 and we can help fit you in the right backup power that you need and can afford.