Authorized Generac Generator Dealer

By: The Shock Doctors  09-12-2011
Keywords: Outage, Portable Generator

Backup Power: What type of  Generator System is right for you?

There are two types of back-up generators; automatic standby generators and portable generators. They both can supply power to your home during an outage but have a number of different features. Understanding the differences allows you to choose the option that best suits your needs.

An automatic standby generator is a back up electrical system that operates whether you are home or away. Within seconds of an outage, it automatically supplies power directly to your home’s electrical circuit breaker box. After utility power returns, the generator shuts itself off and waits for the next outage. It operates on natural gas or liquid propane gas and sits outside just like a central air conditioning unit.


We are proud to offer a full range of Generac generators. Generac is the #1 selling home generator that 4 out of 5 families rely on for their generator needs.

Benefit / liability Portable Generator Whole Home Generator
Provides Power when the hydro grid is down Yes Yes
Size Range  * 300 watts to 17 kilowatts 8 - 45+ kilowatts
Fuel choices Gasoline, propane or diesel Natural gas, propane, diesel
Automatically starts when power is interrupted No Yes
Can be hooked up to electrical panel Yes Yes
Requires special equipment to feed electrical panel Yes Yes
Stolen easily Yes No
Initial cost Approx 1/2 cost of permanent generator when comparing same # of kilowatts Varies based on location & size
Auto-tests weekly to lubricate and check readiness No Yes
Fuel storage required Yes No
Manual refilling required Yes No
Easily moveable for relocation to new home Yes No
Best for long hydro disruptions No Yes


The most logical way to determine your needs is to envision your home without power. Some outages may be short in duration, while others could last for days or weeks. What would your family miss during a short outage, a long outage?

Proper sizing of the generator is crucial to the success of any installation and requires a good working knowledge of electricity and its characteristics, as well as the varying requirements of the electrical equipment comprising the load.

* A 300 watt portable generator is approximately the size of a microwave oven and will run 3 x 100 watt light bulbs, or one 100 watt light bulb and a radio. A 7,500 watt generator (portable or permanent) is the size of a small lawn tractor and will run the BASIC Emergency necessities of a home.

Spend the time to fully catalogue your requirements, to make sure that you get a correctly sized generator unit to meet your needs and design a site plan that is most cost effective for your project.

Client Comments:

I just had to write you a letter of extreme gratitude. Aside from being one of the nicest, most pleasant people I have ever met, you and every single person on your staff have been nothing but professional, punctual and incredibly knowledgeable. I feel most fortunate to have found your company to install my generator. in this day and age when one only seems to hear horror stories about botched nightmares dealing with supposed established contracting companies, it is refreshing to have dealt with your company from start to finish. Not only did the generator installation proceed smoothly and exactly on time, you worked around our schedule with total respect for my disability and didn't complain one iota about my dogs who barked constantly. I must give special kudos to Chad who did additional work, installing light fixtures, fans and sensor lights. Especially when we ran into a few glitches as you guarantee for complete satisfaction states, you stepped up, went out of your way to make sure I was completely happy with every single thing that was done. And that says something very rare in your industry. You stand behind your word, verbal and written. you are definitely my |go to" guy if I need anything electrical, plumbing and everything in between. From the huge installment of the generator to the installation of the phone jack, all work was done promptly and with obvious expertise. i also want to thank you for making me laugh on those days that I was having a very bad day. You have such a phenomenal personality, always smiling and reassuring, but most of all giving me the peace of mind, knowing that each and every job, big or small, would be completed accurately and on time. i have told everyone I know what a wonderful experience it has been hiring  the Shock Doctors. I actually miss you and your staff. You are like one big happy family, smiling, laughing all the while working professionally and diligently. it was such a pleasure and I look forward to calling you the next time I need any work done. Now I know why you call yourselves the Shock Doctors. Anyone would be shocked at how happy they were to have hired you. It would give me much pleasure to be a reference, should you ever need one. Wishing you and your staff all the best. Until next time.
Sincerely L. Gancwol  ...........June 2009

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Keywords: Outage, Portable Generator

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