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How It Works

Power When You Need It

A home backup generator senses a power outage, turns on automatically, and delivers backup power to your home. It will run until utility power returns - whether that's two hours or two weeks.  When the power is restored, the generator automatically shuts down.

CDS Home Services offers the latest in back-up generator technology - allowing customized solutions to provide your family with the appropriate level of protection.

Making the right choice.

Home generators not only protect your home from power outages, they add resale value as well. A home with a generator stands out to potential home buyers as a well-equipped home, ready for power outages and stormy weather. You can expect to recoup as much as 60% of the cost to purchase and install a home backup generator if you choose to sell your home (based on Remodeling Magazine estimates).

Unlike portable generators, you don't have to constantly refuel, they run quietly, turn on automatically and you never have to run an extension cord outside.

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WHAT DO I NEED TO KNOW?

Frequently asked questions about home standby generators.


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.

During a utility power outage, an automatic standby generator provides numerous advantages over a portable generator:

The engines! Air-cooled generators come with engines that use fans to force air across the engine for cooling, while liquid-cooled generators use enclosed radiator systems for cooling, similar to an automobile. Generally, liquid-cooled engines are used on larger kW generators due to the larger engines required for the higher power output.
No...the generator fuel costs would be much more expensive than buying power from the utility company since their cost to produce electricity is divided among thousands of customers.
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 an outage?
The generator is paired with a transfer switch containing a predetermined number of circuits based on the generator's kW power rating. Each circuit is directly connected to a matched circuit on the home's main circuit breaker panel, providing electricity to that specific appliance or area of the home. For example, ten circuits are supplied for the 8 kW generator. With this system, you could connect (1) lights and TV in the family room, (2) microwave and lights in the kitchen, (3) refrigerator, (4) power to the bathroom, (5) computer and home office, (6) garage door opener, (7) air conditioner, and (8) furnace.
Easily cover every circuit in your home by pairing a larger kW unit and the proper transfer switch to provide full coverage. No circuit is ever left uncovered, so every appliance is available every minute.
For safety reasons and to ensure adherence to all local, state and national electrical codes, particularly for non pre-wired or larger systems, it is recommended that you use an authorized dealer or licensed contractor.
Yes, simple maintenance is required. All generators require periodic oil and filter changes to ensure maximum performance for years of reliable service. Preventative maintenance kits are available and CDS offers annual maintenance contracts for a worry-free ownership experience. Refer to the owner's manual for routine maintenance procedures and schedules.
An SAE rated high detergent oil that meets API Service Class SF requirements for gasoline engines, similar to your car. Refer to your owner's manual for details.
Home standby generators are equipped with overload protection. In the rare event of an overload, the generator's circuit breaker will trip, disconnecting the unit from the load. Simply correct the overload and reset the breaker in the generator.

 

 



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