Are you wondering what would happen if while working from home the power went out? You would probably consider staying at a hotel or a friend’s house… But, what happens if the power goes out for more than a day? How do you maintain your work environment and your groceries? All of these things can be resolved with one easy step: buying a backup residential generator. Once ready to invest in your quality of life, it is important to do research as to which specific generator to buy. Some of the qualities to think about are: power output, fuel type, size, maintenance requirements, installation difficulties, among others. Sounds complicated, right? Well, instead of you spending hours browsing the internet and discovering hundreds of options, you can find a thorough list of our Top 6 residential generators below! Our list is based on our expert experience, as well as our customer’s reviews.
#1: Briggs & Stratton 40346: This popular generator has a power output of 20kW, which means it can support two ACs simultaneously without any trouble. It’s designed to start-up just a few seconds after a power outage and it runs quietly. You can fuel this generator with natural gas or propane, but a storage tank needs to be installed so that it can run on liquid propane. It comes with Remote Monitor Option to adjust the fuel temperature for those cold winter months, and it doesn’t require a challenging installation (even though you never have to worry about that with us!).
Pros: Easy installation, Remote monitoring, High power output.
#2 Briggs & Stratton 40445: This generator has an output capacity of 8kW; so, you can use it to power two air conditioners and other house appliances for about two days without needing to recharge. This model has been certified with the fire safety standards and thus can be placed as close as 18 inches away from your house. Its outer body is designed to prevent deterioration and to handle all weather conditions. It can be fueled by both propane and/or natural gas (but once you start using one of the fuels you cannot change it).
Pros: Complies with fire safety standards, Easy installation, Comes with power management that coordinate appliances that need higher energy with some that need less.
#3 Briggs & Stratton 40484: This generator comes with Symphony II Power Management, which lets you power large appliances (such as your refrigerator) while simultaneously powering smaller ones (house lights, for example). It’s about 50% less noisy than other models, allowing you to power your AC in the summer nights without bothering any neighbors. This 20kW generator is built to handle rough weather conditions and has passed strict fire safety standards which enables it to be installed only 18 inches from your home.
Pros: Will detect power outages and turn on automatically, Can be placed anywhere in your yard.
#4: Generac 7043 Guardian Series- 22kW: Because of its power outage of 22kW, you can easily power an average-sized house with this generator. It uses both natural gas and liquid propane; and it’s completely covered with RhinoCoat powder- which protects the body from weather corrosion. Its motor is designed to reduce maintenance and can be adjusted using a free mobile app that also offers information on its operating status and lets you schedule maintenance servicing. As most Generac products, it comes with a limited 5-year warranty.
Pros: Mobile application monitoring, High power output, Easy maintenance,
Cons: Cannot run for more than 24 hours at once, Battery cannot be charged while the generator is powered.
#5 Generac 6462 Guardian Series: Suitable for most average-sized houses, this generator provides 16000 watts of power. It has a strong metal cover that can handle winds up to 150mph (which is great for hurricane season). This model can be controlled via your computer or smartphone, even if you are hundreds of miles away.
Pros: Resistant to strong winds, Quiet, Mobile/web monitoring
Cons: Requires regular checks and maintenance
#6 Generac 5734: This is currently one of the most powerful portable generators on the market. It provides 15kW, which can power most (if not all) of your home appliances at once. One of its best features is an automatic shutdown if there’s not enough fuel inside the tank- which has a total capacity of 16 gallons. This generator can last for up to 10 continuous hours.
Pros: Can power an entire average-sized house, Long run time, Portable
Do you want to have the peace of mind that your life is not going to be affected by power outages? Contact A&J Generator and Equipment today to find out more about residential generator options. Our services include, but are not limited to: sales, installations, servicing, and maintenance of generators and transfer switches throughout the state of Connecticut. Don’t wait until it’s too late and call us today and let us help you find which generator is the perfect fit for your house and needs!