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May 09

Standby Vs. Portable Generators: What's Best For Residential Use?

By: Patti Dinneen

Power failures can be a real hassle—and downright dangerous—if you and your family are not prepared. Consider this: blackouts disable heating and air-conditioning systems, freezers, refrigerators, water pumps and lighting, so if a power outage lasts for any extended duration, your home can become quite uncomfortable. Without a generator to keep the heat running, water pipes may freeze and burst, the food in your freezer may thaw and spoil, or your sump pump may fail, flooding your basement. Any of these events can quickly become expensive for the average CT homeowne - See more at:


If you live in an area that experiences more than the occasional power outage, contemplate investing in either a portable or standby generator. We have composed this blog post to guide you as you choose between the two.

What Exactly Is A Standby Generator?

A standby generator is typically installed outside your home like an AC unit. Professionally trained technicians wire the generator into the electrical panel so that it comes on automatically during a power outage. We distribute KOHLER generators, which run on propane or natural gas, so there’s little need for refueling.

A standby generator will automatically turn on within 10 seconds of a power outage, and can power your AC, heat, sump pump and major appliances (based on generator and load size).

Standby KOHLER Generators

  • Best suited for backing up your home
  • Automatic starting which can restore power in seconds, whether you’re home or not
  • Has the ability to power critical hardwired systems such as your home’s AC, sump pump, well pump, security system, heat, and several large appliances
  • Can run on your home’s natural or LP gas system—eliminates the need for refueling
  • Supplies high-quality power, which won’t harm your electronics.
  • Can handle peak load demands with high motor-starting ratings that won’t drop power to other appliances. In fact, depending on your electrical requirements, you may find that a small generator with a high starting rating will work for you.

Portable KOHLER Generators

  • Best suited for job sites, camping, or other mobile activities
  • Has the ability to power individual items, like plug in appliances and lamps with extension cords
  • Can run on gasoline or diesel; is not installed directly to the home
  • Users must operate portable generators outdoors, following strict safety guidelines.

Estimating Your Power Needs

We’re including a quick KOHLER tool to help homeowners estimate the right size generator for their home. The most effective method for determining your specific power needs is to consult a generator professional to perform a site survey. He or she can analyze your electrical load and help you secure the proper generator system.


Kinsley Power Systems

Kinsley Power Systems has sold, serviced and rented emergency power systems throughout the Northeastern United States for nearly 50 years.  A repeat KOHLER Power Systems “Distributor of the Year,” Kinsley serves both residential and industrial generator markets with products ranging from 8.5kW residential systems to multiple megawatt commercial packages.

Kinsley is committed to providing 24/7 support in times crisis and can also custom-tailor preventive maintenance programs to ensure there are no disruptions in power.  With one of the largest fleets of rentals in the Northeast, Kinsley excels at expediting mobile power up to 2000kW and related equipment for emergency use, planned outages and prime power applications. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin.

With a Kohler Home Generator, the longest your power will ever be out is Ten Seconds! 
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