Before you buy a backup generator you need to know your power requirements. Formulate reasons why you need to buy a generator. You need to know the amount of electricity that you require in watts 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 most common fuels used in the generator are natural gas, propane and diesel.
When choosing the fuels, consider the prices of the fuels and availability. Despite looking at the cost of the fuels, consider the type of generator that you want, and if it can work efficiently with the fuel you have in mind. Ensure that you have a convenient location to keep the generator. The location that you pick should be easily accessible for repairs and maintenance. If the location is enclosed, ensure that there is ventilation and the generator should be far from combustible substances.
After you have made up your mind on the type of generator you want, research on some of the shops that sell generators. 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. Narrow down your research to two shops that sell these generators. The website of the two shops can help you acquire more information about the generators that they are selling. Check the reviews of the customers on the website of 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. When you visit the shops physically access the generator to ensure it’s what you want.
Ask if they have installation services and whether the services are provided by a qualified and licensed electrician who should install the generator. Confirm if the two shops have additional services like warranty and enquire how long the warranty period lasts. Compare the generators of both shops so that you can choose the best generator for you to buy. If you are satisfied with the generator that you have picked, go ahead and buy it. It is important that you are given a receipt after buying the generator.