Generator Comparison Guide

If you have been considering purchasing a generator for your home, you have come to the right place. Reliable Power Systems is one of the leading providers of standby generators in the South Florida area. We have been in business since 2002 and are committed to helping our customers stay safe and comfortable in the eye of a storm or power outage.

We are proud to offer our customers four different brands of generators including Kohler, Generac and Briggs and Stratton generator products. Each of these brands is at the top of the industry and will provide our customers peace of mind and power for years to come.

For more information on the generators we service, trust our team at Reliable Power Systems – call us at 561.232.6336.

Kohler Generators

Kohler has been in the generator industry since the First World War. They have been at the leading edge of innovation and continue to produce reliable generators today. Kohler generators offer Powerboost technology, quiet operation, and a 5-year warranty. Each Kohler generator also has a corrosion-proof covering to protect the components of your system.

Generac Generators

In the generator industry since 1959, Generac continues to be at the top of the generator market. Generac offers its customers four different lines of generators; the Guardian, Core Power, EcoGen, and Quiet Source Series. Each of the Generac generators has OHVI Engines, a Quiet Test Mode, environmentally friendly components and aluminum housings. Your Generac generator comes with a 4-year limited warranty.

Briggs and Stratton Generators

Briggs and Stratton is a leader in engine production. They have been producing generators since the Second World War and all generators are equipped with the Briggs & Stratton V-twin Commercial Engine. With Remote System Status, Sound Shield™ Technology, Overload Protection, and CoastGuard™ All-Climate Enclosure, Briggs and Stratton generators will get you through many years of hurricane seasons and bad weather. You will also be protected by Briggs and Stratton’s 4-year limited warranty.

Regardless of the brand of generator you choose, you can feel comfortable picking Reliable Power Systems for your installation. We will offer a free estimate and customize a plan specific to your needs. Our process will not be beaten and we will offer you our $250 guarantee.

Choosing the Best Standby Generator for Your Florida Home

Standby generators are classified by their rated output, or the amount of electrical power they provide. Smaller models may offer only 7,000 watts while large residential models can provide 20,000 watts or more. If you’re considering a standby generator for your South Florida home, it is a good idea to think about the appliances and electronics you will need during a power outage and to calculate their power needs.

On most modern devices, a label will be affixed somewhere discreet, such as the back or the bottom, that lists the power requirements. Make a list of all the devices you will need and record their power specifications. Many devices will list the rating directly in watts, but others may only have the current listed, measured in amps. To find the wattage for such devices, multiply the voltage for the circuit by the amps it draws.

For appliances that plug into a standard wall outlet, the voltage will be 120, so a device that is rated at 3 amps will draw about 360 watts of power. Large appliances like stoves, clothes dryers, water heaters, and air conditioners are often on 240-volt circuits. If the current is listed in milliamps, multiply the number by 1,000 to find the rating in amps. For example, a 500-milliamp device draws 0.5 amps.

Here are estimates for some of the most common household devices:

  • Refrigerators: 600 watts
  • Chest freezers: 200 watts
  • HVAC systems: Up to 3,500 watts
  • Electric stoves: Up to 3,000 watts
  • Elecric water heaters: Up to 3500 watts
  • Laptop computers: 50 to 100 watts
  • Desktop computers: 250 to 400 watts
  • LCD televisions: 100 to 200 watts
  • Internet modems: 40 to 75 watts
  • WiFi routers: 10 to 50 watts
  • Mobile phone chargers: 10 to 30 watts
  • Lights: 20 to 30 watts for LED or fluorescent bulbs

For the basic household items, only about 5,000 watts or 5 kilowatts of power may be needed. An entire home may take 12 to 20 kilowatts of power. Choose a generator that has about 30% to 50% more power than you need for room to grow and higher reliability. Look for features like WiFi connectivity for monitoring your generator and automatic, whole-home transfer switches for greater convenience.

For more information on choosing the right generator for your Boca Raton or Delray Beach home, call Reliable Power Systems today at 561.232.6336 or contact us online.