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The generator experts at Electric Generators Direct have written a comprehensive Standby Generator System buyer's guide to help homeowners select a standby generator and automatic transfer switch for their homes.

Home Standby Generator Systems

How to Combine a Standby Generator and Transfer Switch

Jim, the Generator Expert
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Home Standby Generator Systems

So now... You should know how many amps come into your electrical panel.

You should also know how many kilowatts your standby generator needs to start your central air conditioner.

And, finally, you should have a basic grasp of the different automatic transfer systems available.

Now, we just need to blend all three together.

To make things simple, use the chart below to pick a home standby generator system.

For example, you have 200-amp service and want to power your central air conditioner and mission critical appliances, we recommend:

Standby Generator = Generac Guardian 20kW
Automatic Transfer Switch = 200A Service Entrance + AC Shedding


Generators @ Electric Generators Direct 100-Amp
Service
200-Amp
Service
Portable Alternative
  • Automatic vs Manual
  • Natural Gas or Propane
  • Lowest Cost Possible
Generac CorePower 7kW Home Standby Generator System (50-Amp 8-Circuit Automatic Switch)
$1,861.00
4.3 out of 54.3 out of 54.3 out of 54.3 out of 54.3 out of 5
Generac Guardian™ 11kW Standby Generator System (200A Service Disconnect + AC Shedding)
$2,939.00
4.9 out of 54.9 out of 54.9 out of 54.9 out of 54.9 out of 5
Mission Critical
  • No Central AC
  • Refrigerator, Sump, Lights, Furnaces, etc.
Generac Guardian™ 14kW Standby Generator System (100A 14-Circuit Automatic Switch)
$3,023.10
4.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 5
Generac Guardian™ 14kW Standby Generator System (200A Service Disconnect + AC Shedding)
$3,149.10
4.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 5
Air Conditioning Plus
  • 4-Ton Central AC
  • Mission Critical Appliances
Generac Guardian™ 17kW Standby Generator System (100A 16-Circuit Automatic Switch)
$3,392.10
4.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 54.8 out of 5
Generac Guardian™ 20kW Aluminum Standby Generator System (200A Service Disconnect + AC Shedding)
$3,968.10
4.7 out of 54.7 out of 54.7 out of 54.7 out of 54.7 out of 5
Whole House
  • Power Everything
  • Price Doesn't Matter
  • Transfer Switch Sold Separately
Generac QuietSource Series™ 22 kW Standby Power Generator (Premium-Grade)
$8,731.00
5.0 out of 55.0 out of 55.0 out of 55.0 out of 55.0 out of 5
Generac QuietSource Series™ 48 kW Standby Power Generator (Premium-Grade)
$14,415.00
4.0 out of 54.0 out of 54.0 out of 54.0 out of 54.0 out of 5
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Batteries
Generator BatteriesThere's a reason batteries are sold separately. You want it to be fresh when you buy it. Otherwise, a standby generator is just a big paper weight.

The battery basically jump starts the standby generator. Without the battery, you need to be home to pull a recoil cord to start it, which totally defeats the purpose.


Cold Weather Kits
Cold Weather KitsYour battery will serve you well... as long as it doesn't freeze. If you live in climates where the temperature plummets below freezing for extended periods, you should consider a Cold Weather Kit too.

The kit basically keeps your battery toasty. Plus, it keeps the oil from freezing into sludge. We recommend installing a Cold Weather Kit at the same time your generator is installed.


Lift Gate Service
Lift Gate ServiceKeep this in mind. Standby generator systems don't ship in little brown trucks. Instead, they will arrive at your home on a semi-truck designed for loading docks.

We strongly recommend ordering lift gate service to safely lower it from the back of the truck to the curb. Otherwise, it will take an army of people to unload the 500-pound generator without destroying it upon decent.




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