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There are a few different things that you need to know about generators before you decide to purchase one. The first thing you need to figure out is exactly how much power that you need. This depends on what appliances you need to run through the generator. You also need to pick out which type of generator you need. A home standby generator is the most expensive and should be installed by a pro. These are the ones that start automatically when your power goes out and are also the most powerful.

Key Takeaways:

  • When it comes to buying a generator, you first want to know the wattage of the appliances you will want to run from your generator.
  • Some rough numbers for appliances include 600 watts for a refrigerator, 1500 watts for a portable heater and 1000 watts for a window air conditioner.
  • There are a few different generators that you can buy including standby generators, portable generators, inverter generators and portable power stations. It ultimately depends on your needs.

“One tip that will make prioritizing easier is to determine which outlets and appliances are controlled by each circuit breaker in your panel, and label them accordingly.”

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