Home Standby Generator FAQs

What is the difference between portable and automatic Home Generator Systems?

The difference lies in the number of steps involved in having emergency power flowing into your house in the event of a power outage. Portable systems are wheeled units that require you to roll the generator outside, start it up, and hook it up to a power inlet box. From there you must go to the transfer switch panel installed near your circuit breakers and switch the power coming into your house from the main line to the generator running outside (this applies to the manual switch only). After the power from your local utility is restored, you are required to reverse the setup process.

One of the clear advantages with an automatic Home Generator System is that the unit turns itself on and off automatically without you ever having to leave the safety of your home. Our automatic Home Generator Systems also exercise themselves once a week. You can even set the time when the unit will perform this diagnostics check. The generator will then be ready to run whenever needed. See our website for more information about the options available.

What size Home Generator do I need to run electric items in my house during a power outage?

Most average homes can run critical items in the home by using a 8-12,000 watt generator system. The most common items that need emergency power during a blackout are the heat, refrigerator, freezer, lights, communication, sump pump, and water pumps. Larger Home Generator Systems in the 12kW – 20kW range will quietly supply power to your home automatically. This gives your family the power, freedom, and comfort of their usual lifestyle; uninterrupted by power failure.

What does a Home Generator System typically cost?

When you choose the safety, reliability and automatic operation of a Home Generator System, there are several items that contribute to the total cost: for example – the cost of the system itself, a power transfer switch, and installation charges. Optional maintenance contracts can also add to the cost if you choose one. Installation costs may vary, depending on customer requirements. A professional estimate, per the customer’s request, will help to ensure an accurate estimate of installation costs.