Are you thinking about investing in a generator? Generators give you a great way to make sure you can keep your home electronics running even when the power is out. That gives you the option to stay comfortable no matter what. This comes in handy for a host of reasons from keeping your home cool during summer power outages to warm during winter power outages. A generator gives you peace of mind that even if the next big storm knocks out the lights, you’ll be back up and running in no time.

CMC Electric gives you an easy, fast, reliable option for installing your next generator. To learn more about what steps you need to take when choosing the size of your new generator, read on below.

Determine Your Needs

The first thing you need to do when planning out your next generator is to establish what you will power with it. You want to make sure to account for everything in your home that you know that you’ll use it for in the event of a power outage. Keep in mind that the more things that you want to power, the more your ideal generator is going to wind up costing. CMC Electric suggests compiling a list of all the things that you need to have in the event of a power outage. This should include things like which lights you’ll want to keep on, any heating or cooling systems that will need power, and any appliances you want to use your generator with.

Know Your Wattage

Once you have your checklist in hand, the next step you need to worry about is learning your wattage requirements. You want to get this number down as accurately as possible. If you get a generator without calculating your wattage, you could wind up with one that doesn’t produce enough power — and thus be left hanging during your next power outage — or be caught having to make sacrifices. Plus, if your generator isn’t big enough for your needs, it can cause voltage drop, posing a serious risk of damaging your appliances.

Things to Keep in Mind

There are a few important things to keep in mind when you’re establishing the wattage needs for your next generator. For one, most appliances require a different, higher wattage when they’re started than when they run continuously. Not factoring this in when calculating wattage requirements could result in not having enough power during their startup. Voltage drop is another issue that can result if you put a heavier load on your generator than it is designed for. That’s why it’s so important to have a generator that’s as close as possible to your specific wattage needs.

Get Your Next Generator Installed Easily with CMC Electric

Having a generator handy can be the most convenient thing in the world when your power goes out. Why settle for waiting it out when you can have a generator that keeps your home running on all cylinders? CMC Electric is your certified Generac service provider in Raleigh, Clayton, and Wilmington, NC. When you contact CMC Electric to install your next generator, we’ll take out all of the hard work. We perform a full assessment to learn your individual needs in order to choose your perfect generator. After that, we’ll install the generator on-site from preparing a pad to wiring it to your home electrical system.

After your generator is wired in, we even take the extra step of testing it out for you to make sure everything works as specified. This lets you get a hands on with what to expect out of your generator during a typical power outage. In addition, we also provide ongoing service and repair to all generators we install for any problems you run into down the road. To get started on your way toward the peace of mind a generator offers, request service from us.