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What size generator do I need?

The most logical way to determine your generator need is to imagine your home without power. (Dark, isn’t it?)

Source: Popular Mechanics

Some outages may be short in duration, while others could last for days or weeks.

What is essential for your family? What would your family miss the most during an outage?

The very best way to understand your options and work within your budget is to schedule with Clinton Electric for your free in-home assessment from a licensed professional.

During your site survey and initial consultation you will receive a detailed evaluation to find the best solution.

Before we leave your house, Clinton Electric makes sure you understand your options, are clear about how a standby home generator can work for you, and emails you a proposal with a complete up-front pricing breakdown.

In the event of an outage, what do you want your generator to power?

There are many sizes of generators available. A generator’s size is measured in kilowatts (kW).  This number describes the maximum electrical output, which determines how many appliances or circuits it can support.

Different devices require different levels of power.  A refrigerator could need up to 1500 watts (1.5 kW) at startup, central air 5 kW, your coffee maker 1.8 kW.  Auditing your needs requires us to add up all your load requirements, and match you with a generator that can handle your needs.

There are three main approaches to protecting your property from power outages.

Essential circuits (7-12 kW)

A 16 circuit automatic transfer switch is paired with a generator scaled to meet your needs.

Each circuit is directly connected to a matched circuit on your main circuit breaker panel, providing electricity to that specific appliance or area of the home.

Using this approach you can keep your refrigerator and furnace running, and maintain power to outlets in your bedroom. Prioritizing specific circuits allows you to protect the essentials even when the rest of your neighborhood is in the dark.

Managed whole house coverage (12-20 kW)

You can get more coverage with less generator, up to whole house coverage, by pairing a smaller unit with Evolution load shedding switch options. A load-shedding switch creates a managed power solution where non-essential circuits are turned off when the generator approaches maximum output. These load modules will cycle on and off with the amount of load you are using in the house.

Whole house generator with no load management (20-48 kW)

This is usually a liquid cooled generator that produces enough power to cover the demand of your whole house.

An estimate can be given for all three options when on site.

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