Home backup generators are becoming increasingly popular for many reasons including; the need for “always on” power, lower generator prices, and advances in the technology resulting in quiet generators. The wide range of uses, power output, and size options now means that buyers can purchase a Honda Home Backup Generator designed to precisely fit their needs. Making the choice of the right generator comes down to defining the following requirements:
* Size requirements – Size requirements refer to the need for a portable home backup generator or one that is stationary. Advances in technology have resulted in portable generators with power output levels similar to stationary generators giving them a wide range of uses. The versatility of Honda’s portable generators gives them the capability to meet the demands of many outdoor and in home uses ranging from camping to providing residential standby power. Where a stationary generator would be required are situations where power must be restored immediately should an outage occur. Residential Standby Generators with automatic transfer switches or push button starters can restore power within seconds of an outage, a critical feature for users relying on at-home medical devices, for example.
* Power requirements – The wattage requirements of appliances and devices which must remain on will determine the necessary power output for the appropriate home backup generator. By calculating the sum total of the wattage use of each appliance and/or device a buyer can then determine the minimum required output at maximum capacity from a generator. This calculation should be based on “startup” wattage requirements to ensure that there is enough power generation to meet specific needs. For example, a typical refrigerator’s startup wattage requirement can be as much as two and a half times greater than the wattage it takes to “run” it.
* Safety requirements – Once the power output requirements for a home backup generator are determined, the requirements for running the generator at optimum safety levels can be defined. Where computers handling sensitive data or medical devices are concerned an unlimited power supply accessory should be considered. This can prevent data and power loss during the transfer of power to the generator. Home backup generators are connected to a home’s power system through its main electrical panel. This connection, and grounding the generator, should always be done by a licensed electrician. Lastly, wherever possible, the generator should be located in an area where it is protected from rain and snow. Protection can come in many forms, ranging from a covered patio to a housing built specifically for the generator.
The most important aspect of any home backup generator is that it provides its required power when called upon. Honda’s full line of generators has been delivering legendary reliability, durability, and peace of mind for decades. For more information, visit us at Honda Generators