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According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average American household encounters power outages once or twice a year for an average of around three hours. Living in Florida increases these odds as extreme weather conditions can cause outages for days at a time. A home generator is the best solution to this problem and comes in many shapes and sizes and outputs.
But which size is right for your home? Let’s look at which Generac home generator is best suited for your needs.
Just The Essentials
There’s no sense in buying a large-capacity generator if you only need a certain portion of your home to be powered.
If you have a smaller home and only require the use of essential appliances, then a smaller, lower-wattage generator is perfect for you. The Generac Powerpact 7.5KW home backup generator is a great option here. It will power your refrigerator and selected appliances. Although it’s a smaller-capacity generator, it still packs a punch. This generator can power up to eight circuits in your home at a time and runs fairly quiet, due to its smaller size. Suited for all weather conditions, the Powerpact 7.5KW’s affordability and reliability are what make it an attractive option among homeowners.
If you’re wanting to power a larger portion of your home, then a medium-sized generator is a great option.
The Guardian 11KW home backup generator will power up to 16 circuits at a time and comes equipped with FREE Mobile Link™ remote monitoring technology. Mobile Link™ allows you to monitor the status of your generator from any location on the planet, as long as you have access to the internet.
Generac’s G-Force engine provides reliability with a lower maintenance requirement than competitors. Its quiet engine is an added benefit when being compared with a portable generator.
If you require a little more power, then you should consider the Generac Guardian 16KW series. This power-able unit can power a 5-Ton air conditioner. The Guardian 16KW will easily power all of your essential home appliances and it comes with a handy 5-year limited warranty. As with many of the other Generac units on offer, the Guardian 16KW comes with the option of an indoor/outdoor transfer switch. This enables you to power either the inside or outside of your home.
If an off-grid lifestyle is important to you, then the Ecogen 15KW generator is a serious contender. The Ecogen 15KW is designed to run at lower speeds when the energy demands from your home is lighter. This means that it’s significantly quieter and requires less fuel to run when your energy demands are lighter. This unit offers a cleaner power alternative to other units and comes with a 3-year 2,000-hour limited warranty.
Heavy Duty Contenders
When it comes to powering a large home, the Generac Guardian 22KW generator is the largest air-cooled home standby generator on the market.
This ‘whole home’ generator can power higher wattage appliances such as HVAC units, as well as a large number of appliances. Nearly all Generac home generators available are Wi-Fi enabled, and the Guardian 22KW is no different. This allows the unit to be controlled remotely which adds convenience to the user.
The Guardian comes with less than 5% harmonic distortion which means it’s safe for your more sensitive appliances such as TVs and computers. It’s a serious workhorse that can withstand hurricane-force winds. This unit does require regular maintenance, so make sure you check out the service requirements accordingly.
Choose What’s Right For You
At the end of the day, it’s important to choose the right size home generator for your family’s needs. If you only require essential appliances to be powered, then there’s no need to go for a higher-capacity generator. At Art Plumbing, AC & Electric we offer the full range of Generac home generators. One of our trained professionals will happily come to assess your home’s energy requirements and will advise you on the best-suited home generator for your needs.