What’s a Standby Generator?

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.

Kohler Home Generator

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:

Kohler Generators Video: How Backup Power Works

For more information on standby generators, visit us at www.kohlergenerators.com and if you’ve got a story to share, drop us an email at GPGsocialmedia@kohler.com.

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6 Responses to “What’s a Standby Generator?”

  1. tom rhyne
    August 25, 2012 at 2:44 pm #

    how much will this cost. thank you.

  2. Danielle Hoff
    August 27, 2012 at 1:35 pm #

    Hi Tom, this is Danielle from Kohler Generators. Thanks for your question. Since factors like generator size and a customized installation process can influence the cost of a home generator, the best way to get a price quote is to get in touch with your local Kohler generator distributor or dealer: http://khlr.co/b9Uy. Hope this helps!

  3. Carolina
    September 30, 2012 at 1:13 am #

    okay ive always unersdtood how they work to create power but someone should make a video explaining like how to figure out what you need to power your house or a tv and how it translates

  4. Danielle Hoff
    October 5, 2012 at 12:14 pm #

    Hi Carolina, thanks for the recommendation. We don’t have a video to evaluate which size generator would suit your needs, but we do have a sizing calculator that you might find useful: http://khlr.co/cuk5. Also, your local Kohler Generator dealer is a great resource as well: http://khlr.co/b9Uy. Hope this helps!

  5. AP ELECTRIC AND GENERATORS
    January 20, 2014 at 3:59 am #

    These are the good alternatives to power generation in electricity cuts-off recent days and it has multiple benefits for home, commercial and industrial sectors.

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