Air Conditioners, Chillers, Generators, Heaters - MA, RI, CT, GA

888-786-0508 • 24/7 365 Day Emergency Service

Portable Air Conditioners • Industrial Cooling Systems • Dehumidifiers • Heaters • Generators

Call Us! 888-786-0508
24/7 365 Day Emergency Service

Portable Air Conditioners • Industrial Cooling Systems • Dehumidifiers • Heaters • Generators

Go back to Main Blog

Request More Info


New York Industrial Generator Rentals Blog

Enter your e-mail address below to receive the latest news from American Power Rental!

Determining The Capacity Requirement of Your Rental Portable Generator

6 December 2019 Bookmark and Share

American Power Rental - Rental Portable Generator

The winter season drives increased need for supplemental and/or emergency power generation support services. Smart business owners understand that power outages related to winter storms are an expected reality. Increased power to provide supplemental heat is a routine power request up here. So the most common question business and private party people ask us is: What size portable generator do I need? Determining your power requirement is as easy as calling American Power Rental.

Here are five steps to point you in the right direction:

  1. Decide which devices you need to power all at once. You’ll want the lighting, HVAC system, portable heaters, lifts, and other critical equipment that you rely upon to sustain your business operations.
  2. Determine the running watts and surge watts of each device. Running watts is a measurement of the number of watts an appliance consumes when it’s running. Whereas, surge watts is the high initial “surge” of energy required to turn on its motor or to cycle on.
  3. Take note of the total number of running watts for the devices you need to run.
  4. Select the device with the HIGHEST surge watt requirement.
  5. Add the device with the highest watt requirement to the number of total running watts – So for instance, your HVAC system has the highest starting or surge watt requirement of 2000 watt add it to the total running watts of all devices you need to power. Let's say the total running watts is 4500. The sum of the highest watt requirement plus total running watts is 6500 which is the total wattage requirement. This means you need to select a portable generator unit that has a capacity of at least 6500 watts.

Sounds like an exhaustive task to put that all together, and for some it really is. But this is what we do and have done for decades now. We’ll make this process easy for you. For help in determining the size of your emergency or supplemental power need, contact American Power Rental.

We're always available with our 24/7, 365 Day Emergency Service!