How to choose a generator
Winter months are synonymous with frequent power outages mainly due to snow or power overload. But with a generator in place, you can ensure that your tenants are keeping them warm and that their appliances run continuously until the power comes back on.
So what should you look for when selecting a generator for your rental property?
First, determine what size of generator you want for your rental—size here refers to the amount of power the generator can produce. While the overall power of the generator varies with every model, here’s the energy requirements of some appliances.
- A refrigerator needs approximately 600 watts of power
- A sump pump needs about 750 to 1500 watts of power
- A portable heater needs approximately 1500 watts of power
- Lights will need anywhere from 60 to 600 watts, depending on your light fixtures
- A computer will require approximately 60 and 300 watts of power to run
Type of generator
There are two types of generators to consider: portable generators and standby generators. Portable generators are easy to move between locations but they must be turned on manually in the event of a power outage. They are also less expensive and can generate up to 12, 000 watts of power.
Standby generators, on the other hand, are stationary and are designed to turn on automatically as soon as the power goes out. Although they cost more than portable generators, standby generators can produce up to 30,000 watts of power—large enough to power your entire home during a power outage.
When purchasing your generator it is important to consider the type of fuel your generator will use. Portable generators will usually run on gasoline or diesel fuel, though the cost of diesel is higher compared to gasoline.
Standby generators can run on gas or diesel, but they kick on faster on propane or natural gas thus, you can store both propane and natural gas for long periods without worrying about the quality of the fuel degrading.