What’s the Right Size Generator for Your Home?

Written on: December 4, 2023

We sell and install dependable standby generators for New York homes.

generator options Nassau County, ny Living in Queens and Western Long Island comes with its share of unique challenges, and power outages are certainly in the mix. Superstorm Sandy, for example, knocked out power to almost 800 thousand homes and businesses in New York City and Westchester.

Losing power is never pleasant. It can often be dangerous. In December 2022, a massive blizzard caused power outages in upstate New York, and dozens lost their lives. Most home heating requires some form of electricity to continue running. If you rely on home medical equipment or electric mobility products, you can’t afford to be without power for long.

At OSI Comfort Specialists, we proudly sell and install top-of-the-line standby power generators from Generac. We can help you find the perfect generator for your home.

What is a standby generator?

A standby generator is a permanent appliance that’s installed outside your home. It typically runs on natural gas or propane and comes on automatically when it detects that your home has lost utility power. A standby generator is intended to power all or most of your home and can typically run for days or even weeks at a time.

These models have some significant benefits over portable generators, which run on diesel or gasoline:

  1. Standby generators power your home without your needing to do anything. You can be out of town, and the generator will keep your home’s heating and security system running through a blackout.
  2. You need to refuel and position a portable generator to get it going. This may be hard in the weather conditions that lead to a grid outage.
  3. Portable generators must be kept outside your home as they generate considerable exhaust, meaning you’ll need to run extension cords outside.
  4. If you run out of gasoline or diesel for your generator, you may not be able to get more during a grid outage.

How do you decide what size generator to get?

When deciding what size of standby generator your home needs, you can calculate your home’s voltage using its size and the number of appliances you need to power. It’s generally a good idea to add 20 percent to your voltage calculation, accounting for any appliances or systems that need to recharge fully once the generator comes on.

You also may not need to power every outlet and light fixture. A load management system can limit how many rooms and appliances access the generator.

Generac offers an excellent generator sizing calculator to help you in your search.

Trust OSI Comfort Specialists for your generator installation.

We want to help you protect your home and family during a power outage. When you come to OSI Comfort Specialists for your generator installation , we’ll discuss your home’s backup power needs and identify a Generac product that meets them. Our team of technicians has years of experience finding the right placement for generators. We can get them up and running quickly and safely. Plus, we’re always here if you need generator maintenance.

Winter is just about here. Reach out to OSI Comfort Specialists and put your home power fears to rest.