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Generac vs Cummins Home Generators

Choosing the right home standby generator is important to meet the backup power needs for your home.  A home backup power system is a smart investment for your home. Generac & Kohler both make excellent products.  Find out below which one is the best home generator for you.

Should I Get a Generac or Kohler Generator for My Home?

Kohler Home Generators

Kohler has been making generators, engines, and UPS products for 100 years. Their generators have been used on every continent, powering everything from homes to expeditions to the South Pole. Their home generators are known for their reliability and durability, and go through rigorous quality-testing both during the design process and before leaving the factory.

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Why Should I Buy A Kohler Home Generator?

Kohler Home Generator Features:

  • Automatic transfer switch included
  • Reliability
    • Every Kohler® generator is equipped with a heavy-duty, commercial-grade engine that stands up to extreme weather.
    •  Kohler generators endure hundreds of tests (during design and production) before they reach your home. 
    • Your Kohler® generator will automatically exercise itself and run diagnostic tests for 20 minutes each week to make sure it’s ready when needed. 
    • Generators come with a 5-year, 2,000-hour premium warranty and a corrosion-proof enclosure that's built to last.
  • Power
    • With PowerBoost Technology, Kohler generators can handle large starting loads like central air conditioners without dropping power to other appliances.
    • Inside every Kohler generator is a commercial-grade engine built to withstand extreme workloads. We’ll keep your house comfortable as long as the power’s out.
  • Quiet and out of the way. 
    • Our new corrosion-resistant aluminum 14 and 20 kw RCA home generators install only 18 inches from your home. Stylish corrosion-proof enclosure impact tested to -30°F.
    • Quiet, neighborhood-friendly operation with sound levels similar to a typical central air conditioner
  • Easy
    • With OnCue Generator Management System, you can manage your KOHLER home generator, receive updates via text or e-mail, view real-time power operation and more. All from your computer, phone or tablet.
    • Streamlined installation. Kohler offers concrete mounting pads to lower installation costs and time.

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Why Choose Kohler Standby Home Generators?

Kohler has been building modern generators for 100 years. They also manufacture transfer switches, switchgear, and controls to ensure total system integration. Kohler generators are very reliable and durable, built with commercial-grade engines, and made to withstand extreme workloads over many years. 

Generac Home Generators

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.

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Why Should I Buy A Generac Home Generator?

Features:

  • 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
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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?

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Basic Backup Power

Portable Generators

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.

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Whole-Home Backup Power

Standby Generators

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%.

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How Does An Automatic Home Standby Generator Work?

This awesome Generac video shows how a home backup generator senses a loss of utility power and restores your home's power in an instant.

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How much do Kohler & Cummins home generators cost?

Kohler generators are slightly more expensive on average than Generac generators. A Kohler 10 kW Generator with Automatic Transfer Switch starts at around $3,369, while a Generac generator of the same size including a transfer switch starts out at around $3,000. The specific cost of your home standby generator 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, your specific installation considerations, and local building codes. More info on AirPlus installed Generator Pricing here.

Northern Virginia's Generator Expert

AirPlus Is One of the Best Generator Installers In Northern Virginia

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Reason 1

AirPlus is a top rated service company serving Northern Virginia for over a decade. Rated 4+ Stars on Google, Yelp, HomeAdvisor & More!

Reason 2

AirPlus Electricians are trained and certified to install, maintain & repair both Cummins & Generac home standby generators and portable generators. 

Reason 3

AirPlus offers generator maintenance agreements that include annual generator inspections. Peace of mind your generator is ready for any emergency.

Reason 4

AirPlus also has highly trained plumbers and HVAC technicians to meet all of your home system needs!

What's a Home Generator?

A standby home generator keeps your power on during an outage. It’s installed outside your house (like an AC unit) and comes on automatically — whether you’re home or away. All within seconds of a power outage.

Plus home generators run on propane or natural gas, so there’s no refueling.

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