Our Top Tips for Choosing a Generator

Choosing a generator isn’t easy. There are many different types of generators available, and they all have different features and functions. In order to choose the best generator for your needs, you need to know what you want to use it for. 

What are the Main Types of Generators?

Standby Emergency Generators

Home standby emergency generators are designed to provide power during outages without needing any outside power source (such as natural gas or propane). These generators typically have automatic start/stop systems so you don’t have to worry about manually turning them on when there’s an outage.

Mobile Home Generators

Mobile home generators are designed to be portable and can be moved from your home to a trailer or RV for convenience. They’re smaller than stationary models, making them easier to transport, but they also cost more than stationary models because they require a separate fuel tank and exhaust systems like those found in cars or trucks. Mobile home generators usually run on gasoline, which makes them a good option for homeowners who don’t have access to natural gas lines or propane tanks in their homes.

If you are looking for a home generator that can power essential items like lights, telephones and refrigerators during a power outage, then there are some things you should consider before buying one. If you are looking for a portable generator for camping or tailgating, then there are also some things that you should consider before purchasing one of these devices.

Mobile diesel generator for emergency electric power

Things to Think About Before Choosing a Generator

The first thing that you should think about when choosing a generator is how long you will be able to run it without having to refuel or recharge it. The more fuel-efficient the engine is, the longer it will be able to run before needing more fuel or electricity. You should also consider how much energy your appliances need in order to operate properly when deciding how big of a generator you need for your home or business. Here are some of the most important considerations… 


Maximum power

The first thing to look at is the maximum power output. This is usually measured in watts or kilowatts (kW). A larger generator will cost more money but will also provide more power when needed. Depending on your needs, you may require a generator with a higher wattage than one with a lower wattage, depending on the required output. You should also remember that generators are available in different sizes and shapes. For example, some can be used indoors while others can only be used outdoors and some can only be moved by hand while others can be transported on a trailer or even by truck.

Fuel type

You should also consider the fuel type for your generator. Some generators use gasoline while others use propane or natural gas. Propane is cheaper than natural gas but requires a storage tank outside your home. Natural gas is only available in some areas of the country and usually costs more than propane but does not require an outdoor storage tank for fuel supply. A diesel generator is quieter than gasoline or propane-powered generators since they run on diesel fuel instead of gasoline or propane. However, they tend to be more expensive and require specialized maintenance by trained technicians when they break down because they are so complex compared to other types of generators.

Choose an electric generator if you want to run tools or other machinery that requires electricity rather than fuels like propane or gasoline (which may not be available in some situations).


One more important thing you need to consider is its durability. One of the main reasons for using a generator is to keep the lights on during an outage, but if it fails, it defeats the purpose. Generators should be able to handle multiple hours of use and still run smoothly, so they need to be durable enough to withstand prolonged use without overheating or stalling out.

Overload Protection

Choose a generator that comes with an overload protection feature. This will prevent it from overheating due to excessive load or voltage fluctuations when operating in extreme weather conditions such as high humidity or extreme temperatures during summer and winter months respectively, or if your home has poor insulation which may result in increased power consumption from your appliances during those months due to increased air conditioning usage for example.

Ensure that it has a low oil shutdown system that automatically shuts off the engine once a low oil level is detected so as not to damage your engine by over-fuelling it which can cause oil leaks as well as damage other parts such as pistons, etc.

Let Bellwood Help you Choose a Generator

So, what’s the best way to choose a generator for your business? It can be tricky, but with our top tips and by following these simple guidelines, you should have no trouble finding the perfect generator for your needs. Contact Bellwood Rewinds today and let us help you get started! We have years of experience in the industry and can provide you with all the information you need to make an informed decision about which generator is right for your business.