Tips to Consider When Selecting a Portable Generator

Posted on: 19 June 2017


Have you been experiencing intermittent power failures? Read on and discover some helpful tips that you should keep in mind when you are selecting a portable generator to rent for your home.

Don't Forget Start-Up Power

People usually determine the size of the generator that they need by getting a sum of the power that is consumed by the appliances that they intend to use when the generator is installed. However, some inexperienced homeowners often forget to consider the higher power that is needed when appliances, such as the HVAC system, are starting. This start-up power consumption can be so high that it can reduce the amount of power available to other appliances. It is therefore advisable to consider these higher power requirements during the start-up phase of appliances so that you can select the right generator for your needs.

Consider Appliance Sensitivity

Another important tip you should have in mind when selecting a generator is its THD (total harmonic distortion). Some electronics, such as computers and plasma TV sets, may be damaged by the power from a generator. This is because this power is distorted as it is transmitted to the devices that need that power. The degree of distortion varies from one generator to another, and each generator has an indication of its THD. You should look at your sensitive electronics and determine the THD that they can tolerate. Select a generator whose THD is less than that maximum level indicated on your devices.

Beware of Noisy Generators

Generators are usually programmed with an "exercise mode" in which the generator automatically starts itself periodically in order to keep all moving parts lubricated. This exercise mode also confirms to you that the generator is working properly. However, the downside of this mode is that you may be inconvenienced by the noise that is made as the generator runs. The best way to protect yourself against this noise is by selecting a generator with a low decibel (dB) level. Compare this level on different generators and select the generator with the lowest level. You can also adjust the time when this test run can be done. For instance, set it to take place during the day instead of at night when you are resting.

The tips above will help you to avoid many of the mistakes that inexperienced homeowners make when hiring generators. Avoid additional problems by talking to a generator company, like Total Generators, so that you can be advised about how to connect, use and maintain that generator while it is on your property.