Choosing the Right Size NH Generator For Your Home or Business


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There is no arguing that winter has arrived. With two storms in the books early in the season, it’s safe to safe that having a generator in NH is surely coming in handy this year. However, winter storms also bring on the flurry of people looking to purchase a generator for their home or business. Whether you have gone without power yet or not, chances are, it is a situation bound to happen sooner or later.

That said, there are still many hesitant to have a generator installed, regardless of the numerous benefits. No matter what reasoning may be holding you back, our team at Chamberlin Electric is here to help ease any anxieties. With decades of experience, our team knows that one of the biggest hold-backs comes from not knowing which generator to purchase. Here is a brief overview of how to tackle the situation.


Determine how much usage you will utilize

The best place to begin when deciding on which generator is best for your home or business is to look at how much power you’ll require should the power go down. For instance, life without the use of your kitchen appliances is unacceptable to many. However, for others, this situation may lead to celebration. If you’re a homeowner, a few days off of cooking duty may be a good thing. If you’re a restaurant owner, a few days without power is hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars lost.

Many experts recommend buying the smallest generator needed to handle your power needs (for a portable solution, we’ll get to this later). By doing so, you will reduce the amount of fuel needed to keep the generator running.

For an idea of electrical usage requirements, a generator that handles up to 7,500 will provide your family with the power to operate the following:


  • Approximately ten lights
  • Refrigerator
  • Well pump
  • Sump pump
  • Phone chargers
  • Laptops
  • A furnace of 800W


If you are not sure how much power you’ll require, talk a walk through your home or business. Compile a list of critical appliances and items that you need running. Simply add up the wattage of this list, and you’ll have your answer. Remember, the team at Chamberlin Electric is always here to provide expert advice.


Portable versus wired NH generator

As promised, let’s circle back to the conversation of portable versus wired. The difference is quite simple – a portable generator requires fuel to operate, whereas a wired unit is hooked directly into the circuit breaker. In regards to the average size of these units, a wired unit typically handles up to 20,000 watts whereas a portable until produces 7,500 watts.



We leave you with this

The average cost for a homeowner experiencing an extended power outage is in the thousands. Including possible hotel stays, loss of food and its replacement, potential pipe and water damage, you could face upwards of $15,000. Don’t be caught off guard this winter, contact Chamberlin Electric today to inquire about a NH generator right for your home or business.

Contact Chamberlin Electric by calling (603) 595-9473.