- Figure out what is the wattage needs. Determine how much power you need for the items you care about. I found this power selection worksheet you may want to refer to. You will also need a transfer switch to safely power the circuits in your if you decide to buy a portable generator.
- Think through your options. There are several options to consider before you buy a generator among them. There are two types of generators: Standby and portable. Considering the wattage you need, your budget, and your convenience choose which type of generator you have to choose. You may also consider choosing from used generators with mint condition and more affordable price.
- Educate yourself with electrical terms. There are lots of information about watts, volts, amps and more all over the internet. Review the glossary for definitions and memorize the important ones. You may also want to save them and their definition on you on-the-go device to have access when you don't have access to internet or to your computer.
- Consider home power issues. Locate your existing electrical service panel and gas line to spot any potential problems before buying a generator.
- Run a product comparisons. Compare power outputs, run times, and prices, as well as what comes with you item in those prices, such as shipping cost, accessories, warranties, support. There are comparison tables on some websites in which you can easily add your items and just push comparison button to see all specs that matter in one glance.
- Establish your budget. Generator prices fall across a wide range, so determining how much you’d like to spend is important. Higher prices don't offer higher quality necessarily so be aware of what you get for the price you pay.
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