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Backup Power 101: Factors to Consider When Choosing a Backup Power System

Backup Power 101: Factors to Consider When Choosing a Backup Power System


After careful consideration, you’ve made the choice to invest in an automatic home standby generator. But how do you know which brand or product is right for you? With so many brands offering different options with various power outputs, features, and installation requirements, choosing the ideal generator can seem daunting.

However, Generac has developed some quick tips to help guide you through the decision-making process:

1. Why Should You Choose a Generac-Brand Generator?
Founded in 1959, Generac remains the leader in home backup power. In fact, today our generators are preferred by 7 out of every 10 homeowners who invest in automatic standby power. Our product lines are also supported by a 5,000-plus nationwide dealer network that provides local sales assistance, installation, service and parts.

2. What Type of Generator Do I Need?
Finding the generator that’s right for you depends on your needs and personal budget – not just the square footage of your home. Generac offers the broadest line of home standby generators in the industry, so finding the perfect match to protect your home is easy as 1-2-3. There are three main options to consider:

Power it all, all the time
Most homeowners want the peace of mind that comes with whole-house coverage. Whenever there’s an outage, you don’t have to worry because the power stays on at all times throughout your entire home.

Smart power where you need it
Whole-house coverage may not fit every budget. With a power management system, your generator can work smarter. It protects all of your home’s circuits by cycling power on and off as needed for different appliances. And you decide which loads are prioritized.

Power just the basics
Some homeowners prefer a simple, economical approach. Essential coverage protects only your most important circuits, such as lights, furnace, water heater, refrigerator/ freezer and sump pump.

3. What Size Generator Do I Need?
Generators come in a variety of sizes. There is no one size fits all. If you’re researching backup power options, Generac’s online Generator Sizer Calculator can be a huge help. It allows you to choose the appliances you want to power in the event of an outage and shows you what size generator(s) will fit your needs.

4. What’s the Best Way to Purchase an Automatic Home Standby Generator?
Generac has simplified the generator purchasing process for home standby generators with its industry-leading, FREE In-Home Assessment program. During your assessment, an authorized, local Generac dealer—an expert in helping customers like you select a home backup generator system—will discuss your backup power needs with you so that they can recommend the best standby power system. They will explain installation and help you choose where your generator should be installed. And they will provide you with a written estimate. It’s free. And you have no obligation to buy.

5. Once the Generator is Installed, Can I Monitor its Performance? 
Generac remote monitor – Mobile Link – allows owners to check the status of their generator from their smartphone, tablet or computer from anywhere in the world, as long as there is a cellular or Internet connection available. Owners can view their generator’s status and maintenance needs, set the unit’s exercise schedule, review its operation and maintenance history, and receive push notifications to indicate status changes. Mobile Link can even be configured to send notifications to a local dealer, notifying them of any issues that require attention.

Whether you’re looking to back up a few select appliances, home monitoring systems, or your entire home, it is important that you weigh your options thoughtfully. For more information on automatic standby generators and the installation process, download Generac’s free Buyer’s Guide, or contact us directly at 888-GENERAC.