Don’t Max It Out. The rated capacity of a generator is the level of power it can deliver on an ongoing basis. It is usually about 90% of its maximum power. An electric generator can deliver its maximum capacity for no more than 30 minutes before starting to overheat. So keep this in mind when you are tallying up your wattage requirements.
Expect Regular Exercise. Standby power generators will automatically perform regular monthly or weekly test exercises to make sure they are up to par when they are actually needed. Many models have a quiet function for the exercise “sessions.”
Should I Notify My Utility Company That I Have a Generator? Yes. Most utilities maintain this type of information and make it available to the line workers that will be working in the area. Having this information can reduce delays in power restoration.
What Should I Include? Keep in mind that each device you add increases the wattage needed, which increases the cost of the generator, so limit your choices to those appliances that are truly necessary during an outage. Some of the most common are refrigerators, security systems, sump pumps, lights, electric gates or garage doors, well pumps, septic systems, and medical equipment.
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