A standby home generator keeps your power on during an outage. It’s installed outside your house (like an AC unit) and comes on automatically — whether you’re home or away. All within seconds of a power outage. Home generators run on propane or natural gas, so there’s no refueling. A home generator plus installation typically starts under $6,000. However, the total cost will vary based on your power and installation needs.
When shopping for standby home generators, your checklist should include generator size, costs, permits and. But don’t worry, Zenergy, your local KOHLER dealer, will handle all the details, so you don’t have to. We’ll take you step-by-step through the generator sizing process. And when you’re done, you’ll get a good estimate of the right generator for your home.
How do they work?
- Your automatic transfer switch (ATS) monitors the electricity coming from the utility. It's working 24/7 to protect your home.
- When the power fails or drops below an acceptable level (brownout), the ATS signals the generator to start. In seconds, the ATS transfers your power from the utility to the generator.
- Your generator then supplies your home with electricity until the utility power is restored.
- When the utility power is restored, the ATS automatically transfers your power from the generator to the utility.
- Your standby generator automatically shuts down, ready for the next power outage.