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Things to Consider Before Purchasing a Generator

Generators are reliable sources of power for unavoidable times when the grid fails you. Interruptions from unexpected power outages are inconvenient in residential or commercial properties. Generators can be a reliable source of energy in harsh times; however, it is essential to do your research before purchasing.

Consider the Type of Generator 

When choosing the type of generator, look out for the ease of use, the amount of power it can generate, portability, and cost. Standby generators start automatically when the power goes out—which means you can avoid a manual start.

How Much Power Will the Generator Consume?

The first thing to consider when looking for a generator is the power requirements. The power your generator needs depends on usage patterns. If you need power for heavier appliances, your generator will require more energy.

Questions/Problems To Consider

Create A Budget

The cost of an RCA generator varies based on industry or personal needs. Typical variables that come into play when it comes to pricing your generator include:

  • The manufacturer of the generator
  • The size of the generator you choose
  • Where you choose to set up the generator
  • If you use natural gas or if a propane tank

 Understand Electrical Terms

Request a free quote with RCA: Contact us today if you would like to discuss your power needs. There are many terms to become familiar with, such as watts, volts, amps, and more. Give us a call or email at 508-428-0449 or

What About Noise?

 Generators are not quiet machinery. Depending on the model, some generators offer extra features to help reduce the noise during use. If the sound is a serious issue, you can try features such as mufflers.

Double Check Your  Power Issues

 Before installation, it is important to locate your existing electrical service panel and gas line. You need to target any potential problems with existing equipment before purchasing a generator.

Contact The Experts

 If you are having trouble figuring out where to start, RCA Electric & Generators is here to help. Our full-service generator and electrical company focus on helping homeowners or building owners select, purchase, install, and maintain the best generator for their needs. Contact us today to discuss our range of services.


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