In the aftermath of historic winter weather events across the country during the first week of February, we’re reminded that getting the most from a portable generator requires some simple planning.
Experts at Honda Power Equipment, which produces some of the quietest, most dependable home and recreational generators, offer tips to help consumers make a safe, affordable transition to portable power.
Knowing your needs and budget are critical. “Since home generators have a broad wattage output range, a homeowner must understand electrical requirements and estimate real emergency needs,” said Rock Reed, Senior Manager, Product Planning. “Refrigerators or freezers operate on about 700 watts, but require as much as 2,200 watts to start; a computer draws 600 to 800 watts. So, it could take a 2,500-watt generator to run a refrigerator, minimal lighting and a computer or TV.”
A generator must be operated outside and never be plugged into a standard household outlet. “A safe connection starts with a transfer switch installed by a licensed electrician,” advised Reed. “The switch cuts off the utility power while the generator operates, and powers only selected appliances.” When utility power is restored, the generator and transfer switch are disconnected so that the two power sources do not collide.
The Honda generator line offers variable wattages and other innovative features, including inverter technology that protects against damaging power surges, large fuel tanks, full frame protection and electric starters.
A portable generator won’t replace all of the electricity provided by the power company. But it can make life safer and more comfortable until power is restored. More information, including household wattage calculators, is available at Honda’s Website.