Backup Power for the Home: Standby Generators

Though a home standby generator is a fairly large investment, it could truly be a saving grace when power outages occur. While outages are nothing new, they've been occurring increasingly more here in the US, leaving some homes and businesses without power for hours and even days. Though short blackouts are rarely a cause for concern, those major power outages can be quite stressful, not to mention dangerous. In short, there are plenty of reasons to invest in home standby power, especially as a Michigan homeowner. And, here at Applegate, we provide quality standby generators from Generac®.

Again, purchasing a home standby generator is a big commitment. However, considering the typical winters in the midwest, they can truly pay off. Unlike your average, gas-powered generator, a standby generator can supply your home with power for days during a blackout. Otherwise, you could be waiting out a winter storm and resulting outage without a furnace. All this aside, take a moment to determine if a home standby generator is right for you.

Why Consider a Home Standby Generator

Needless to say, a home standby generator will give you power when you need it most. As you consider your options for backup power when an outage occurs, keep in mind that standby generators are large, costly, and technically demanding (in regards to installation). They'll be permanently installed in your yard, and you'll need a professional to not only install the generator, but determine the needs of your Michigan home as well. Regardless, they're more than capable in energizing your home, especially when compared to other, portable generators. Now, let's take a closer look at home standby generators.

What is Standby Generator?

As opposed to a portable gas-powered generator, which won't last long depending on the amount of gasoline you have stored, a standby generator can supply power to your home for days, nonstop. This type of generator is installed permanently at your home (typically in the yard) and is connected directly to the electrical panel of your home. However, you also have a couple of choices in home standby generators. Essential circuit units will only supply power to those circuits you deem necessary during an outage, whereas a whole-house system will power your entire home, as you could assume.

How Does it Work?

What's nice about a home standby generator is it doesn't require much work from you as the homeowner. In essence, the standby generator utilizes an automatic transfer switch once it detects a problem with the power. When the power fails, the automatic switch will disconnect your home from the grid, and the generator will then be powered on, before ultimately supplying power to your Michigan home's electrical panel. Once the power returns, the automatic switch will power off the generator and connect back to the grid.

In considering a home standby generator, note that they must be hooked to and fueled by a natural gas supply or, if necessary, diesel or liquid propane. Depending on how long a storm or outage is, the supply could be depleted before the outage ends. While it may be fairly uncommon, you should be well aware of the possibility.

Generac® Standby Generators from Applegate

As mentioned, Applegate Home Comfort offers standby generators from Generac® to Michigan homeowners. Generac® is one of the leading brands of generators, so you can rest assured knowing your home will be sufficiently powered when an outage occurs. Here at Applegate, we offer the Guardian® Series, 8-22kW standby generator, and you can view some of its main features below:

  • The generator's OHVI® engine is designed specifically for generators and provides the utmost reliability to power through severe storms and outages.
  • It can run on either natural gas or liquid propane fuel, which can be easily converted during installation.
  • Links to your smartphone for mobile monitoring and control. This way, you can check the status of your generator even when away from home.

Guarantee Power with Applegate Home Comfort

While it may be a big investment, a standby generator for your Michigan home is a viable option in maintaining power during severe outages. If you'd like to learn more about our home standby generator from Generac™, be sure to contact us today. You can also give us a call at 517-337-7700.

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