What To Look For In A Gas Powered Generator If You Only Plan To Use It A Few Times A Year
A gas powered generator is an affordable option for recreational use & emergency preparedness. But not all are created equal! Here are the facts.
If you’ve never owned a generator before, you may be wondering which type to buy. A gas powered generator is often the first choice for consumers looking to make the purchase. But is it the right type for you? And how can you tell a quality gas generator from a poor investment? There are a few considerations all consumers should know before buying a generator, even if you only plan on using it a few times a year. After all, keeping your daily life running — whether it’s through a power outage or on a camping trip — should be simple, easy, and efficient. We’ll discuss everything you need to know about researching, buying, and using a gas generator. By the end of this article, you’ll be a pro (or at least, ready to get that generator).
Generator Type Comparisons
To help you understand what a gas powered generator can do, we’ll compare it with some of the different models available. By contrasting the types, you’ll have a better understanding of the pros and cons of using gasoline in your generator. The common types of generators available to consumers are: gas powered, battery operated, propane fueled, diesel powered, and solar powered. You’ll also encounter bi-fuel generators (gasoline and propane), and natural gas.
Gas Powered Generators Vs. Battery Operated Generators
A battery operated generator differs from a gas powered generator in that you’ll need to charge the power source when you do have power. Unlike gas generators, you can run this inside your home or in an enclosed space, because there is no fume output.
Gas Powered Generators Vs. Propane Generators
Propane is comparably cheaper than gas, which is why some folks prefer it. It’s also typically “cleaner” than gas — but gasoline is easily available and simple to source, store, and use.
Gas Powered Generators Vs. Diesel Powered Generators
Although diesel is more expensive than gasoline (just look at the pumps next time you’re filling up your vehicle), it has a high energy density, making it more fuel efficient over time.
Gas Powered Generators Vs. Solar Generators
These generators are powered by the sun, which makes them the most environmentally friendly option. However, if you’re not planning on using your generator with frequency, the investment could be more than you’re willing to make in return for the planned use.
What Are The Best Gas Generators?
So now that you know a little bit about the common fuel types, you’re probably wondering what makes a good gas powered generator. That all depends on the other variabilities! Here are other considerations for choosing a generator model, once you’ve decided you want a gasoline powered one:
- How big is it? How much space do you have for using it and storing it when not in use?
- How much power do you need? A high wattage generator will put out more energy, powering more appliances, but you should only pay for what you plan on using.
- What is the performance time? In other words: How long will the generator run on a full tank of gas?
- Are there extra features? This can include an idle option, to conserve fuel source when not in active use, and auto-starts. You may even decide your gas generator needs wheels for ease of transport!
Gas Powered Generator Safety Concerns & Considerations
There are a few safety items you should know before using your gas generator. The first is to never use it indoors or in an enclosed space. Gas generators produce toxic fumes, which should be dispersed outdoors, in the opposite direction from your living space. 20 feet from your home, camper, or RV is a good starting point.
It’s also important to keep your gas generator dry and protected from the elements — if you don’t have a shed or outdoor shelter, consider rigging up a tent or tarp. And don’t run your generator constantly; giving it a break will keep it from overheating and potentially causing irreparable damage.
A gas powered generator can be a great choice if you’re only planning on using it occasionally. Generally speaking, it won’t make sense to invest in high wattage models which offer more juice than you need. There are so many considerations when it comes to buying a generator, and fuel source is only one. If you need help navigating the decision, give the pros at Blanton’s a call today.
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