A standby generator has many aliases: home generator, backup generator, automatic generator or residential generator – just to name a few.
But what is it? Well, for many families that lose power often, it’s a hero.
Here’s why. Say you’re travelling for business and your wife and kids are in your cozy suburban home. Then, a strong storm hits and the power goes out. The entire block is dark except for your house. Your wife calls you saying “this generator was the best purchase we’ve ever made” as she’s tucking the kids in and turning on their nightlights. You’re relieved that your family is safe and sound as your neighbors fight through days without their furnace, fridge or phone.
Unlike a portable generator, a standby generator is permanently installed outside of your house. It connects to your home’s existing fuel supply (often liquid propane or natural gas) and when installed with a transfer switch, it automatically kicks in when your home loses power.
Here’s how backup power works: