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What Generator is Right for You

Generators provide power to homes, office spaces, and devices during power outages or areas without standard electrical service. The average generators range from 800 watts to over 500,000 watts depending on the type of generators you choose based on your individual needs. Use RCAs guide to help you find the most efficient generator.

Consider the Type of Generator

Generators vary in wattage size and run off propane, natural gas, or diesel fuel. These are the three kinds of generators to choose from.

Residential generators provide a backup for your home’s power during power outages or natural events such as extreme storms. These generators are hardwired to your property and can provide quick, efficient fuel to your home during an interruption to your regular power source.

Consider The Starting And Running Wattage

The wattage or power you need your generator to produce depends on the amount/range of devices you want to run. Before you can begin to calculate your needs, it’s important to understand starting wattage, running wattage, and surge wattage. Running wattage is the amount of electricity you need in order to maintain the device to keep it up and running. The amount of power you need to start a generator is three times the amount you need to keep the generator running.

How To Calculate Generator Sizing

The easiest way to calculate the size of the generator you will need is to identify the device you want to power.  You will need to find out how much wattage the device needs to run, then multiply the running wattage by three. Don’t forget to take the sum of the running wattage and the starting wattage to get the total wattage the device needs to operate.

Running wattage x 3) + Starting wattage = Total wattage needed.

RCA is here to help with the difficult task of finding the correct generator for your needs.  Our Generac generators are designed for the harsh environments that come with living in New England, whether you are looking for a residential, commercial, or industrial generator. We will help you choose the right size generator and determine the usage and wattage your generator will require. Contact us today for assistance in finding a generator to fit all your needs!


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