Hello, I am considering purchasing the champion dual fuel10000peak/8000running watt generator to run some appliances in my house. My son has temperature regulation issues and we live in coastal North Carolina where summers are hot and humid. He tends to run a little hot if air is above the upper 70's. As much as I would like to have a stand by generator it is just not in my budget. My plan is to run the generator in my carport and have an electrician install a transfer switch to the sub panel that is in my laundry room adjacent to the carport. My main panel is on the opposite side of the house and the area is somewhat exposed so I would need to build a shelter for the generator if I were to have the transfer switch there. As far as apppiances I would like to run two window ac s (1200&1400 watts (running?), an older model fridge/freezer combo from the mid 90's (not sure of watt use but can find out tomorrow when I'm home), 1/2hp shallow well pump (1200 watts and runs off sub panel), and a couple of outlets to charge phones and for a lamp or fan possibly. The water heater would be nice but it runs off the main panel in the backyard and we can do without warm showers for awhile.
Is the champion 10000/8000 overkill? Everything I read about fuel consumption always lists at 50% . So once I find out my fridges wattage use should I add everything I want to run and double it to find out what size generator to use?
If the champion duel fuel 10000/8000 is overkill does anyone have recommendations for a smaller but a more dependable generator that is around the $1000 range?
This generator will only be used for the occasional power outage but would like to be able to run at least three or 4 days if needed. If there is any chance of a hurricane or tropical storm headed out way we are heading west to stay with family.
Any help would be greatly appreciated! Let me know if any additional info is needed.