Home Generator 101
Residential: What's a home generator?
A standby home generator keeps your power on during an outage. It’s installed outside your house (like an AC unit) and comes on automatically — whether you’re home or away. All within seconds of a power outage. Plus home generators run on propane or natural gas, so there’s no refueling.
How it works
- Before the power goes out, your Automatic Transfer Switch (ATS) monitors electricity
- When the power fails or drops under an acceptable level, the ATS signals the generator to start.
- Your generator powers your home
- When power is restored, the ATS automatically transfers the power source back to your utility
- Your generator turns off
Portable vs Standby generator?
When it comes to backup power, you have two choices: Portable or Home.
- Designed for jobsites or any mobile activities such as camping or small events.
- Powers individual items such as small appliances and lamps
- Runs on gasoline or diesel
- A home generator automatically starts to restore power in seconds.
- It can power your home and keep critical systems such as sump pumps, well pumps, air conditioning, or your heat on!
- There is no need to refuel your home generator
- Delivers high quality power that won’t harm your electronics.