If you are looking at renting a generator, there are a few things you need to know first. The main question you will have to answer is the type of generator you are looking for. There are many to choose from, including power generators, electric generators, portable generators and emergency generators. Then, you need to think about the different fuel sources they use and which one of those has your preference. You could choose diesel, propane, natural gas, gasoline and more. Finally, you need to know what you want to use the generator for, and whether you need more than one. Clearly, generator rentals are not as straightforward as they may seem.
When people look at renting a generator, they usually mean a portable generator. However, even this means they have many options available to them. The main consideration you will have is whether you want a recreational generator, an emergency generator or a professional generator.
To hire a recreational generator, you first need to be aware of the wattage of the various appliances that will be running on it. You can find this out by simply checking each individual appliance. The smallest generators will produce around 1,000 watt of power, but you should also be able to get more. However, even if you get the biggest recreational generator (usually around 2,000 watt), you won’t be able to run all your appliances at the same time. The output wattage is the total wattage, so you will not be able to run a 1,000 watt kettle and a 1,500 watt vacuum cleaner at the same time.
Looking next at emergency generators, these are designed to provide power should there by an emergency that caused the electricity in an area to go down. Again, you must think about the wattage you need. These generators tend to come in medium (3,000 to 6,000 watt), large (7,000 to 9,000 watt) and extra-large (10,000 watt and above). A medium generator will be able to run a number of appliances at the same time. An extra-large one should be able to support an entire domestic property, so long as not everything is switched on.
Lastly, there are professional generators. These are very different from the recreational and emergency models. Generally, these are found and construction sites to help provide power to an area that is not yet hooked up to the electricity mains. However, they are also found as backup power providers for large shopping malls, schools and hospitals. The fact that they support hospitals shows just how strong these generators are. After all, a sudden loss of power in a hospital could cost countless lives.
Once you understand your own specific needs, you should not have any difficulty in finding a generator that suits those. The key is that you understand how much juice you actually need to perform the duties that are vital to your personal safety and perhaps even survival. If you struggle to figure this out, a rental company should be more than happy to help you out.