Power outages are more than just inconveniences for homeowners and businesses. We rely on electricity for refrigeration, heating and cooling, communications and much more. They often last for hours, days or even weeks and can be disastrous if you are not prepared. Hurricanes, tornadoes, and ice storms can cause disruption to our vulnerable power supply system and it's not just inclement weather that has the potential to turn the lights out on homes and businesses; curious animals, automobile accidents, human error and utility failures can also trigger a blackout.

A permanently installed automatic standby generator provides 24/7 backup power protection and peace of mind for your family or business during a power outage. Just like your central air conditioner, the generator works automatically when you need it and shuts off when you don't. It eliminates the need for extension cords and fuel refilling that portable generators require. Sizes are available to backup just essential circuits or provide complete coverage for large homes and businesses.

A portable generator is a great option for temporary power. It's essential to remember that portable generators are intended only as a backup solution to provide power to some electrical devices in the home on an emergency basis, or to provide power for recreation, camping, and power tools where electricity isn't available. Portable generators produce carbon monoxide gas and should never be run indoors, or near windows or doors. See Portable Generator Safety Tips for more information.

Your store associate can help you determine the total wattage of power needed for your backup power needs, or use the sizing tool on this site.