How to Choose the Best Generator
There are many things that can ruin your day. While you can handle almost everything that comes your way, a power outage is something that can be detrimental in so many ways. The fact that power outages can happen at any time and for any reason, is not very helpful either. That’s why every family needs a generator in their home.
After all, you never know when a storm will make your power disappear for an hour or two days. Sometimes an accident at a construction site causes damage to the wires that will take hours to repair. Then you have all those hot and humid summer days, or holidays, where the excessive demand for electricity causes brownouts.
It’s not fun.
Whenever a power outage occurs, you are most likely lost, because it is difficult to do anything without electricity. You can’t use your laptop to access the internet. In fact, your internet may be down because you have no energy. You won’t be able to watch television, turn on a light, or even turn on the heat or air conditioning. While that can make life unbearable enough, you also need to face all the spoiled food in your refrigerator and freezer if the power is out for too long.
Power and Reliability
A Champion generator will allow you to get power to the most important areas of your home. If you think about it, having a generator is like fast power that is portable. In just a few minutes, you can have a generator set up in your yard and sending power to your house. So when an outage occurs, you do not face horrendous damages or loss.
The items that get hooked up to generators the most are furnaces, air conditioning units, sump pumps, refrigerators, freezers, and lights.
How to Choose?
The size of the Champion generator that you purchase will be dependent on what you plan on plugging into it. A few lights, a radio, a coffee pot, and one or two appliances can be plugged in to a 3500 watts generator. If you want to run multiple items at once, including numerous appliances or an air conditioner, you will need a generator that provides at least 5000 watts. In fact, a generator with 9000 watts is preferable.
TIP: Use this calculator to decide which generator is the right one for you.
The generators mentioned above are portable ones. They will sit outside your home and will run on gasoline or propane. These are nice for those occasional power outages, as long as you keep fuel on hand to keep them running until the power goes back on.
How Do They Work?
The rule of thumb you should always have in mind is location. It is a must to operate a generator outdoors and away from open windows or doors. All engines give off carbon monoxide and you don’t want that anywhere in your home, believe me. So for utmost safety, ALWAYS use the generator outside.
The only downside to the portable generators is that you would need to go outside to turn it on and plug everything into it every time that you need it. To me, that really isn’t a downside considering the alternative of having no access to electricity.
If you are the type of person that doesn’t want to do all that work all the time, you may want to consider one of Champion’s standby generators. These generators begin at 8500 watts, but you can get one that will cover your entire house.
A standby generator will turn on immediately when the power goes out, so you never need to worry about being home when it happens. This type of generator can be hooked up to a home’s gas line. You never need to worry about purchasing fuel to keep it running either.
No matter how many power outages you have in a year, you will benefit from owning a Champion generator. After all, it only takes one outage to flood your basement, freeze your pipes, spoil your food, or ruin your date night in.
The best part is that you only need one end of a power cord connected to the generator. It brings power to appliances inside the house. You can run multiple extension cords to different appliances from a single supply cord.
Peace of Mind
We live in a place that has 4 seasons and we see outages on the hottest day of summer, a thunderstorm in the spring, and even on a cold day in winter. Sometimes, it can be on any random day with no good rhyme or reason.
Champion generators are reasonably priced and available at numerous retailers across Canada, so there is no reason why you need to suffer through a power outage at any time in the future. They start at $500 to $1,300 depending on the product.
As a parent, it’s always good to be prepared and to have that peace of mind.
It’s invaluable and you can’t put a price tag on keeping your family warm or cool and protecting the investments in your home. Honestly, every family should have a generator and be prepared for any storm!
Ready to WIN?
The winter months are coming and that means either heavy rainstorms or heavy snowfall. Depending on where you live, that means the possibility of outages. To help you get your own Champion generator, I’ve teamed up with Champion to give away a $50 Canadian Tire Gift Card.
This contest is open to Canada only and opens on October 16, 2018, and ends on October 31, 2018.
For more information, visit Champion Generators and to see which one would work best for you.
How do you protect your home?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
Note: This post is sponsored by Champion generators. All thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.
Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist and editor of lifestyle blog Whispered Inspirations. A social media junkie, a travel-lover with insatiable wanderlust and an aficionado for fun gadgets, good eats, and entertainment. You can find her on Instagram and everywhere else under @WhispersInspire.