Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Generators: Handy, but Handle Them with Care

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Generators: Handy, but Handle Them with Care

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Q: What are your thoughts on purchasing a whole house generator? I live by myself, in the country and worry about my electricity going out. Should I just buy a portable generator to service a couple of appliances, or should I buy a whole house generator? A: A whole house generator is ideal if you have about $10,000 to invest for equipment and installation.

A portable generator will operate a gas-or oil-fired furnace plus the refrigerator and a few lights. You would have to figure the wattage you need and then purchase the appropriately sized generator. A chart on wattage requirements for common household appliances can be found at i4at.org/surv/wattage.htm.

Remember that the smaller generators are portable and affordable. A portable generator should never be operated indoors, including in an attached garage or outside near a window or a roof's overhang. Carbon monoxide fumes from the generator's gasoline engine are colorless, odorless and tasteless and can be deadly if elevated levels reach the interior of the home. …

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