Home Standby Generator

Extreme weather, construction, and many other unforeseen complications can interrupt the electrical service to your home. With a Home Standby Generator, you can rest assure that your home will have all the comfort and convenience you depend on.

Installing a home generator is a big decision and not one to make uninformed. There isn't a one-size-fits-all solution for backup power generators. To help you make the right choice, one of our certified electricians will assist you to make sure you get the right size and model to suit your particular needs. To make sure you receive optimal performance, all of our installations offer a warranty on parts and labor, a maintenance and service plan, and several accessories to help monitor your new standby generator system.

Our start service includes:

  • Assistance in choosing a model that fits your needs.

  • Delivery of the unit to your site.
    If the area chosen for the unit is accessible by our cart, we would set it in place for you. You would need to make sure the location is level for the unit to be placed on.

  • Final setup
    After the electrician and the gas company are done with their connections we return to complete the final setup. If you do not have an electrician, we could be glad to contact one for you who have done previous installs for us.

  • Filing of warranty paperwork
    Warranties depend upon the make and model of the generator. Kohler offers a 5 year warranty program.

  • Walk through
    We will walk you through the entire process of how the system works.
Overview of the most popular Brand names:
Kohler Residential Power Generators

Kohler provides reliable, commercial grade backup power when you need it most. Built to run quiet and clean, Kohler generators can power your home or business for hours, days, or weeks at a time. Kohler automatic home generators provide worry free, uninterrupted living. Depending on the model you select, Kohler generators can provide from 8.5kw to 100kw output.

Cummins Onan Residential Power Generators

Cummins Onan home generators are built by fusing technology and reliability. With in-house controls and internet monitoring capability, the Onan generators are a quiet beacon of light when the darkness falls. Depending on the model you select, Cummins Onan generators can provide from 12kw to 47kw output.

Generac Residential Standby Generators

Generac is home to both the "world's most affordable standby generator" and a line of exceptionally quiet, light industrial generators. Generac generators can provide backup power to those few essential home circuits or keep your business running when the competition is down. Depending on the model you select, Generac generators can provide from 8kw to 150kw output.

How to select a Home Standby Generator

With Cummins Onan residential standby power systems, there are a variety of output sizes from 12 kW and higher. The best match will depend on the power (wattage) requirements of your home and the available fuel types. Some appliances with electric motors (refrigeration, air conditioners), require up to 2 to 3 times the listed wattage. The generator should be 20% larger than calculated requirements. Also, additional capacity allows more circuits to be added for future use.

How much power do you need?

Generators produce AC voltage, very similar to the voltage available in your home, however while your electric utility company produces sufficient power for all your electric powered devices, a home standby generator is limited in power output directly related to the engine horsepower. The amount of power that a generator can produce is rated in watts. Rated power is less than peak power as certain components lose efficiency as they are heated from use.

To determine wattage requirements you should determine which devices need to be powered simultaneously and what are the starting requirements. The wattage chart is provided below to assist you. Remember that with simple "power management" techniques, a small generator can provide adequate power for home or recreational applications.

The wattages listed below are based on estimated wattage requirements. For exact wattages, check the data plate or operator's manual of the item you wish to power. Some appliances need a "surge" of energy when starting. This means that the amount of electrical power needed to start the appliance may exceed the amount needed to maintain its use. Electrical appliances and tools normally come with a label indicating voltage, cycles/Hz, amperage (amps) and electrical power needed to run the appliance or tool.

Tool or Appliance  Running Watts (Rated) Starting Watts (Peak)
Ceiling Fan  800 1200
Central AC - 10,000 BTU*  500 3000
Central AC - 24,000 BTU*  3800 4950
Circular Saw - 7 1/4"  1400 2300
Clock Radio 100 -
Clothes Dryer - Gas  700 1200
Coffee Maker  1500 -
Computer - 17" Monitor  800 -
Deep Freezer  700 1000
Dishwasher - Hot Dry  1500 1500
Electric Water Heater - 40 Gallon*  4000 -
Fax Machine  65 -
Furnace Fan  800 1300
Garage Door Opener  750 1200
Hair Dryer  1250 -
Hot Plate  2100 -
Inject Printer  80 -
Iron 1200 -
Laser Printer  950 -
Microwave Oven-1000 Watt 1000 -
Miter Saw - 10" 1650 2400
Oscillating Fan 200 400
Quartz Halogen Work Light 1000 -
Reciprocating Saw 1200 2000
Refrigerator/Freezer 700 1500
Security System* 500 -
Space heater 1800 -
Stereo Receiver 450 -
Sump Pump 800 1200
Table Fan - 14" 200 400
Television - 27" 500 -
Water Well Pump - 1/3 HP (220V)* 1000 2000
Window AC - 10,000 BTU 1200 2200

* These units are usually hard-wired and require a professionally installed transfer switch.

Photo Gallery of Installations:


This is a Home Standby Generator we installed.
The customer had this unit barged in, and we did the start-up on this generator.