When it comes to generators, it is important to make sure that you purchase the right size for your facility and your output needs. The right generator will offer more reliable, efficient and long-lasting performance. Here are some factors to take into consideration as you ask yourself “What size Generac generator do I need?”

How big is your home or business?

Make sure that you know the square footage of the area that you are looking to support with a Generac generator. This is a key factor in determining the size of the generator you will need.

What items do you need to power?

You can either choose to power the entire home or building so that everything is backed up and you don’t have to experience any interruptions or inconveniences, or you can power essential items. For example, you may want to ensure that the well pump, furnace, and store are able to operate, but you are willing to go without the powered garage door for a while. All of these options can be customized and influence the size generator you need.

Is power considered “mission-critical” to your home or business?

Generators come in three different types: standby, emergency and continuous. For most homes, standby generators are used to provide convenient backup power during outages. However, if your home is equipped with essential medical equipment, you may want to invest in a more advanced system that is designed to provide power within 60 seconds. These systems are also used by businesses and can be legally required in some cases. 

A continuous system is required in any building where power is necessary to protect the lives of people in the building. These systems are run on separate wires and panels than the regular electrical system to ensure that they operate properly when they are needed most. 

The type of generator you want or are required to install will also affect the size of the Generac generator you need to purchase. Once you have all of this information, you can then use the Generac Sizing Calculator to view a range of generators that would fit your unique situation.

By using the calculator, you can approximate which Generac generators will be the right size for your needs, but if you want a more accurate assessment, be sure to contact Alternative Power. Our team of experts is well-versed in Generac products and can help you create the right backup power system for your home or business.