Should I Get a Cummins or Generac Generator for My Home?
Cummins is a well-known brand that manufactures a variety of products in addition to home-backup generators. Cummins prides itself in producing high-quality products. While Cummins generators are typically more expensive, they are known for their excellent quality, durability, efficiency, and compact design.
Why Should I Buy A Cummins Home Generator?
- All Cummins generators are designed to operate in cold weather down to 0 °F (-18 °C), and, for homeowners living in areas that routinely experience temperatures below freezing, Cummin’s cold weather kits allows operation in even colder temperatures.
- Cummins generators can be installed as close as 18 inches to your home, due to compact size, safety ratings, and quiet design.
- Flexible Exercise Modes - Exercise modes—which are required to run diagnostics and maintain the generator—can be set for your preferred time, date, and frequency. There is also a ‘Crank only’ exercise mode that can run diagnostics without starting the generator engine, which increases the generator’s life and makes it even quieter.
- Intelligent Load Management is integrated into each genset. This technology continuously monitors how much power is required for your appliances, and only powers the appliances the generator has amperage capacity to run. This technology can allow you to invest in a smaller generator because it has the ability to turn equipment on and off based on household demand, and will power equipment off as necessary to prevent itself from overloading and shutting down.
- Cummin’s QuietConnect™ series are quieter than other home standby generators, with sound insulated enclosures and 65dB or lower noise levels.
Why Choose Cummins Home Standby Generators?
Cummins built our first diesel engines in 1919, and since then have powered the people you depend on: farmers, truckers, first responders, hospitals, data centers and so much more.
They provide that same reliable Cummins power to you at home, with home standby generators or portable generators that will leave your family feeling safe and secure during power outages.
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Generac has a long history as the top-selling brand of home backup generators. Founded in 1959, they have been manufacturing generators for over 60 years, including portable, residential, commercial and industrial generators. Generac Generators are excellent in quality, are generally more affordable than other brands, and carry the largest selection of home generators. More info on AirPlus installed Generac Generator pricing here.
Why Should I Buy A Generac Home Generator?
- Less than 5% total harmonic distortion, which means your appliances will run smoothly and your sensitive electronics and appliances will be protected from overheating and overloading.
- Quiet-Test™ Self-Test Mode runs the generator more slowly during a five or twelve minute test, making generators quieter and more efficient.
- G-Force Engine, a pressure-lubricated engine, is durable and produces reliable backup power for your home. Generac generators require less routine maintenance than any competitive engine.
- 24/7/365 customer service is available from Generac headquarters in Wisconsin.
- RhinoCoat™ powder-coated finish reduces corrosion and protects your generator during adverse weather conditions.
- Generac’s Evolution™ Controller features a multilingual LCD display where you can monitor battery and maintenance intervals
Why Do I Need A Home Generator?
Keep Your Home's Power On During Storms
Emergency Backup Power For My Home
Investing in a home backup power system is a smart decision for a homeowner, and can provide peace of mind, comfort, and cost savings during power outages, as well as boost the resale value of your home. A single power outage can cost you thousands of dollars—with common problems including spoiled food, hotel room costs, emergency supplies, burst pipes, and flooding. Even so, most Americans don’t have a backup power system for their home. Standby home generators can power on automatically during a power outage to protect your home—even if you are thousands of miles away.
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What Type of Home Generator Do I Need For My Home?
Basic Backup Power
Portable generators must be manually turned on and plugged in, and can provide power to 8-10 circuits in your home. These generators are an excellent choice if your goal is to power small appliances and lights. They can run on either gasoline or diesel fuel, depending on your preference. Portable generators, typically priced between $400-$1000, are much cheaper than standby generators. They are a good option if you typically experience only short or infrequent power outages and don’t want to invest in a home standby generator. Drawbacks of portable generators include that they must be manually refueled during a power outage, they require regular manual maintenance to maintain, and they cannot be monitored remotely. Portable generators will not automatically supply power to your home in the event of an outage, because they must be manually turned on. Portable generators are capable of powering a few appliances, but they do not have the capacity to power your entire home.
Whole-Home Backup Power
Whole-home standby generators are hard-wired into your home and automatically begin to supply backup power as soon as the electricity goes out. These generators have the capacity to power your whole home indefinitely. They automatically detect power outages and switch on to supply backup power to your home with no manual set-up required from you. They require less hands-on maintenance, as they can be monitored remotely, and they do not require refueling, since they can run off your natural gas line. Whole-home generators are typically priced between $3,000-$10,000, depending on the size of your home and number of appliances within it. While standby generators can be pricey, they are a good investment in your home, and can increase the total value of your home by 150%.
How much do Cummins and Generac generators cost?
Cummins generators are slightly more expensive on average. A Cummins 13 kilowatt home standby generator starts at around $3,600, while a Generac generator of the same size starts out at around only $3,200. Specific expenses will depend on the size of your home and the number of appliances that need to be powered. Installation costs are usually charged separately and can also vary depending on the size of the generator, specific installation considerations, and local building codes. More info on AirPlus installed Generator Pricing here.