Can An Inverter Generator Power A House?

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Yes, an inverter generator can power a house if you connect it safely, don’t run too many devices inside the house, and follow typical safety guidelines.

Inverter generators for home backup power typically have at least 4250 peak watts although this is still very small.

You want to check the details of your specific inverter generator (and house) before doing so.

Contacting an electrician to help you hook up your inverter generator to the house is typically necessary.

I will also go over some of the pros and cons of inverter generators to help you figure out whether you want one to power your house.

Can an inverter generator run your house?

Yes, an inverter generator can run your house similar to regular generators as long as you follow the safety guidelines and take appliance power needs into account.

The low THD clean energy from an inverter generator is even better if you have sensitive electronics inside of your house (and no inverter yourself).

If you want to actually run a house with an inverter generator you do want to check the next section too.

Things that influence whether a specific inverter generator can power a house

The things above still apply but these do not mean that you can always hook up every single inverter generator to a house.

More specifically, you want to check the conditions and guidelines below too.

1. Generator home power safety guidelines

Similar to other generators, you want to make sure you follow the safety guidelines necessary when wiring your inverter generator to your house and running it.

Some examples (but not the complete list) include using a transfer switch, using the right extension cords, leaving enough space between the house and the inverter generator, etc.

You will typically need the help of an electrician to connect your inverter generator to a house.

2. Appliances and tools inside the house

This and the next section are two parts of the same concept but what appliances and tools are inside of the house matter too.

More specifically, these devices will need certain amounts of watts, amps, and volts to function.

On the other side, inverter generators come with different capacities in this area.

If you have too many appliances and tools turned on for these capacities, your inverter generator will not be able to power your house as desired.

3. Power capacities of the inverter generator

From the previous section, you should understand that the power capacities of the inverter generator matter a lot too.

You also want to keep in mind that there is a certain amount of energy loss while getting the power from the generator to and throughout the house.

In turn, you may need to run fewer appliances and tools than expected.

One quick thing that is worth mentioning is that you could also consider paralleling two inverter generators.

In simpler words, this comes down to combining the power of two models so you can run more things inside of the house (or anywhere else).

Do you need an inverter generator for your house?

No, you don’t always need an inverter generator for your house.

Inverter generators are not necessary for home backup power if you have your own way to lower the THD levels of the electricity or if you don’t plan to power sensitive electronics.

You may see the slightly higher price tag of inverter generators and wonder whether these are really necessary for your house.

While the answer is not always yes or no, inverter generators do have some advantages that make them worth considering for this purpose.

The main detail is that the low THD power from inverter generators is safer for your electronics. Especially smaller ones.

In simpler words, if you plan to power devices like a TV, laptop, and phone charger in your house, an inverter tends to be smart.

Secondly, inverter generators tend to be quieter which can be helpful if you live in a smaller neighborhood and want to stay on good terms with your neighbors.

On the flip side, even the largest inverter generators offer less power than what certain regular generators can give.

There are also regular large generators that are not specifically inverter generators but still have low THD levels.

Ultimately, you want to weigh these upsides and downsides for your situation and budget to see how you want to power your home.

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Mats is the founder and head editor of Generator Decision. With a combination of critical thinking, tireless research, and a healthy interest in electronics he helps people find the right generators and how to use these. At this point in the journey, Mats has done research on hundreds of portable generators.