What is a Whole House Generator?

When you hear the term whole house generator it sounds a little too good to be true, doesn’t it? Well, whole house generators, also known as standby generators, are designed to do just that: supply your entire home with backup power.

Within seconds of the power going out, the automatic transfer switch will turn your home generator system turn on, because it’s directly connected to your home’s electrical system. Because of this convenient feature, major power outages don’t have to compromise your life anymore or rack up unnecessary expenses such as spoiled groceries.



What exactly is a ‘whole house’ generator?

A whole house generator is installed directly into the electrical service on your home.  From there, it can be connected to most appliances of your choosing so when the power cuts out, it knows exactly what to operate. Once the power is back on, the automatic transfer switch turns the generator off once more. Whole house generators provide the normalcy of home, no matter what’s happening.


What else can they do?

There are plenty of things whole house generators can do to prevent additional hassles during a power outage. For instance, if you live in a rural area, you most likely rely solely on well water to operate your home. By having a whole house generator, you don’t have to worry about limited water supply, since it can power your well. 

Outside of running your typical appliances, whole house generators can operate your HVAC systems, so you can avoid extreme temperature changes within your house. Medical equipment, aquarium and pet habitats are other important concerns the generator can maintain.


How are they different from other generators?

A whole house generator can supply enough power to operate your biggest and most critical devices, and runs on either propane or natural gas. An added benefit is that unlike other electric generators, there’s no manual start or stop. The generator is designed to turn on once it senses a loss in power, so you never have to worry about fumbling around in the dark trying to get your generator to start. It’s almost like you never lost power in the first place. 

Not to mention, they’re designed to last anywhere between ten to thirty years, depending on how frequently it’s used. Instead of finding short term solutions to a long term problem, it might be time to invest in a whole house generator.


The stress of worrying about your food going bad, or losing access to certain medical devices,  is a thing of the past. Whole house generators can provide the ease and comfort you’ve been looking for. If you’d like to invest in your next Generac generator, get in touch with Swaim Electric.


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