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As a source of renewable energy, wind turbines convert energy from wind into electricity, which is environmentally clean with zero emissions to worry about. If you are in the market for a home wind turbine, we have found the top five home wind turbines for you to consider. Here are our reviews of each of these units so you can make a well-educated choice when choosing a home wind turbine.

Reviews of the Best Wind Turbines for Residential Homes

When it comes to choosing the best wind turbine for your home, there are certain factors which you must consider. We have listed these as:

  • Ease of use
  • Power output
  • Build quality
  • Performance
  • Price

Here, we’d like to make one very important observation. Always choose a wind turbine size larger than you think you’ll need. Remember, wind turbines are only as effective as wind speeds in your area and so there will be times when winds are slower than anticipated. Home wind turbines can only convert winds to useable electricity if those winds reach a certain velocity. Also, be aware of the fact that the power output listed is going to be the MAXIMUM output so, as mentioned, winds in your area will not always be strong enough to give you maximum output. Keep this in mind and you should do well.

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​Individual Reviews of the best home turbines

  • ​1. Missouri General
  • ​2. ​Tumo-Int
  • ​3. AutoMaxx
  • ​4. VEVOR
  • ​5. Primus​

5. Primus Air 40

The Primus Air 40 Home Wind Turbine Kit ranks 5th among the wind turbines we’ve reviewed. We find that the design is lightweight and thus easy to assemble and install. We especially like the controller, which is very user-friendly.

If you want to know just how much energy you can capture from wind, the Primus Air 40 is able to produce a maximum of 40kWh/month with wind speeds that average just about 13mph. Wind capture is maximized due to the design of the durable blades, which are also designed to offer quiet operation.

The advanced features we loved about the Primus Air 40 are the electronic torque control for protection against overspeed and we also like the smart microprocessor controller.

This particular home wind turbine kit from Primus is ideal for off-grid power production, as the body is cast aluminum with a total of three composite blades. Last, Primus wind turbines are manufactured in the United States of America. As an American-made wind turbine, you can expect the highest quality in materials and craftsmanship and we are proud to list another totally American made product within our top five best home wind turbines.

Videos - the best home wind turbines

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​Video - Missouri General

​​Video - ​Tumo-Int

​​Video - ​AutoMaxx

​​Video - ​VEVOR Residential

​​Video - ​Primus Air 40

What You Should Consider When Researching and Buying Home Wind Turbines

Of all that there is to consider, two of the most important factors are power output and wind production. Although we recognize that physical size, performance, quality of build and materials along, with ease of use and price, are important, unless you can rely on wind production and power output, you will not generate the electricity you need to power your home. Now, let’s take a look at some other factors to consider when choosing the right wind turbine.

  • ​Location
  • ​Size 
  • ​Ratings 

Can You Use a Wind Turbine in Your Geographic Location?

Obviously, the first thing you need to consider is wind. Unfortunately, some areas simply don’t get sufficient winds sustained over time so a home wind turbine standalone unit may not be your best option. Perhaps you should consider a solar/wind combination like the VEVOR 1200W, which is designed specifically to work in conjunction with solar panels.

When it comes to wind, you may be asking what speeds will you need for the generation of power. This is where you need to understand what a cut-in speed is. This is the minimum wind speeds required to generate power. Most home wind turbines require winds at 5 to 6 mph before they can even begin generating power. Even so, that would be a very low and limited amount of power being generated!

When it comes to your locale, be realistic. While home wind turbines are a great way to generate clean and sustainable power, they may not be well suited for your area – again, unless used in conjunction with other systems such as solar and/or hydro. We have found that this is the biggest complaint among homeowners and, unfortunately, there is little that can be done if the unit is functioning properly but installed in areas with insufficient winds to power them!

The following equation will help you understand the relationship between wind and the resulting energy produced. It is written as:

                             (Wind Speed)3 = Energy Produced

So, the relationship is cubic. To better understand this relationship, consider the fact that winds at 10 mph will generate only about 2/3 the power of winds at 15 mph. This is a vital relationship you must take into consideration before looking for the best (or any!) wind turbine stand-alone system for your geographic location.

One mistake which many homeowners make is to predict winds based on local weather stations or NOAA. It would be far wiser to install a home weather station so that you can accurately log winds in your specific location. Such things as hills, trees, tall buildings, and other variables can, and will, affect the winds you receive.

You will also need to take readings at the same height as you expect those blades to be situated. Winds will never be at the same speed at ground level as they are 10, 20, 30 or even 40 feet in altitude.  Finally, never forget that you may not be zoned to use a wind turbine in your area, so don’t forget to research codes!

​If you're interested in this, you may be interested in our home weather station breakdown.

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