Before you buy a backup generator you need to know your power requirements. Formulate reasons why you need to buy a generator. The amount of electricity produced by a generator is measured in watts, and you should figure out the amount of electricity you want produced from the generator. If you determine the main use of the generator you are buying you can easily know the amount of electric power that you need. You need to decide on the type of fuel you want for your generator. The fuels used in a generator include natural gas, propane and diesel.
When choosing the fuels, consider the prices of the fuels and availability. When you are deciding on the best fuel to use, not only should you consider the fuel prices, you should ensure that the fuel you have picked works efficiently with the generator that you want. Ensure that you have a convenient location to keep the generator. Always ensure that the proximity of the generator can be easily accessed for repairs and maintenance. The location of the generator should be ventilated, and the generator should be far from combustible substances in case the location of the generator is enclosed.
Research different shops that sell generators after you make up your mind on which generator you should buy. You can use the internet to help you in your research. Recommendations from your friends and family can help you find shops that sell backup generators. Limit your research to two shops that sell generators. The website of the two shops can help you acquire more information about the generators that they are selling. Do not forget to read the testimonials of different customers concerning the generators sold in the two shops.
It is always advisable that you prepare a budget based on the estimated price of the generator before you go to buy it. Do not visit the two shops on the same day so that you can have adequate time to decide which generator you need to buy. Ensure that you have fully checked out the generator to confirm it is what you have been looking for.
Check whether the two shops offer installation services and whether they have a qualified licensed electrician to install the generator. Ask if the generator has a warranty and enquire how long the warranty period lasts. Choose the generator you think is best for you to buy after comparing the generators of both shops. If you are satisfied with the generator that you have picked, go ahead and buy it. The shop where you have bought the generator should give you a receipt.