A generator can provide emergency electrical power to essential services like refrigerators, TV, medical equipment, etc. when the power goes out.
What Size Generator Do I Need?
When purchasing a generator and connecting it to your home you need to consider your power needs.
Think about the appliances you and your family will need when the power goes out.
Note the RUNNING WATTAGE and the STARTING WATTAGE. Starting wattage (also known as “surge wattage”) refers to the wattage an appliance needs at start-up. Starting wattage is normally 2–3 times higher than running wattage, or how many watts an appliance needs to run constantly.
Look for these numbers on the appliance label. If you cannot locate these numbers, you can use the Honda wattage estimation guide as a reference at: powerequipment.honda.com/generators/generator-wattage-estimation-guide. As always, it is best to consult a licensed electrician.
Then, use a wattage calculator to guide what size generator you need. Calculators can be found on the Honda website: powerequipment.honda.com/generators/wattage-calculator or on the Generac website: generac.com/for-homeowners/home-backup-power/build-your-generator.
Keep in mind that a DIY wattage is an estimate. To be on the safe side, use a wattage calculator or, even better; have a professional electrician calculate the exact wattage you need to help you find the right size generator.
Only run a generator outdoors in a well ventilated area. Generators emit carbon monoxide when running. Be sure to read the instruction manual before operating your new generator.
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Two Ways to Connect
Portable Home Back-Up Power
For portable limited usage power, connect an appliance to your generator.
For a direct connection to your home, connect your generator through a transfer switch. Consult a licensed electrician.
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