One of the first questions that Georgia residents often ask, after they have entertained the idea of securing their home or business with a standby generator, is “What size generator do I need?” It’s a valid question. It’s also a very important question. At Anderson Power Services, we won’t try to lure someone into getting a generator that is WAY bigger than what they need, just to get more of their hard-earned money. We also won’t try to steer someone with substantial power needs into purchasing a smaller generator, just because they might be easier to install. Proper Generator Sizing is one of the biggest issues facing home or business owners who are looking for emergency power systems. Anderson Power can help you decide!
Our #1 goal is to help you find the perfect emergency power systems that will most correctly fit the needs of your home or business. We know our generator products inside and out. And when you tell us what appliances or systems are most important to keep running, we can help you formulate the perfect options for your perfectly-sized Generac Generator. Other important factors when determining what size of generator you need can be location of your house, treacherous terrain, sandy soil, and proximity to a flood plain. But once we know all these factors, we can hone in on your best fit emergency generator.
For instance, let’s say you have a 5,000 square foot home. You live in Metro Atlanta, and the things that are most important to keep running for your family’s safety and comfort are your Central Heat/Air Unit, your Refrigerator & Freezer, your Electric Stove & Microwave, your Electric Water Heater, and some smaller-power extras like your Computer and Wi-Fi, and your Security System. For this scenario, you have several options. The best fit “Whole House” rated Generac generator for you would be a Guardian series, from 22-27kw. These fine generators quietly, safely, and efficiently emit 18,000 to 25,000 Watts of power at a continuous maximum rate. If you’d like to speak with someone regarding the best size generator to meet your home or business needs, please contact us!
The general formulas and even online wattage calculators aren’t perfect, as there are some issues that cause minor variances. But generally speaking, you should plan to allocate around 1000-2000 or more Watts for your larger appliances, 500 or more Watts for medium appliances, and around 200 for smaller appliances. Obviously, a larger house will make a central heat/air unit work harder, as will consistent usage of the hot water from your hot water heaters. But really, the only way to really ensure you’re getting the exact specifications that you need for generating power to your home during a grid failure is to consult with a professional. Anderson Power Services can help you answer the question, “What size generator do I need?” Call us today!