Getting A Generator? Learn What You Should And Shouldn'T Power With It

Posted on: 12 September 2017


Has your home frequently suffered from power outages? If so, you may be looking into a generator to give you some emergency power in times of trouble. While a generator can be a great tool to use during a blackout, it may not be powerful enough to provide electricity to your entire house. Here are some tips for what you should power with it.

Here are several things that use very little power and are essential for your home.

The Sump Pump

One appliance you want to make sure is hooked up to a generator is your sump pump. While this appliance may have its own battery backup, it is only designed to last for hours and not days. A sump pump only uses 600 watts to run, and will be essential for preventing a water backup in your basement during a big storm.

The Refrigerator

Your refrigerator contains a lot of items that could spoil if they are not kept cold. While a refrigerator will retain its cold temperature if the door is kept shut, it will immediately rise in temperature as soon as you open the door. That is why your refrigerator should be one of the few items you power with your generator. It only takes about 600 watts to run a refrigerator, and should have no problem staying on with a small portable generator.

Items Not To Power

Some appliances use so much electricity that it doesn't make sense to run them.

The Air Conditioner

You may want to stay cool with an air conditioner during a power outage, but your central air conditioner is a power hog that may not be wise to plug in. Central AC uses 5,000 watts and will hog all of the power from a small generator. You can always use fans to circulate the air in your home, which will use much less power.

The Clothes Dryer

Consider holding off on tackling that dirty laundry during a blackout, even if you have a generator. While a washing machine uses 1,200 watts of electricity, an electric dryer uses a whopping 5,000 watts to run. This will put a small generator over capacity in order to get your clothes clean. If you must do a wash, consider letting the clothes air dry until your power is restored.

For help choosing the proper sized generator, contact a company like Powell's Electric Service, Inc.