A residential home generator outside a house


Home generators vary considerably in the quality of parts and engineering they are made with, the amount of fuel they consume, and the speed at which they age. This is why it is important to do your research before selecting a residential generator.

Why You Should Have a Back Generator at Home

Did you know that 940 million people worldwide don’t have electricity access? And those that have access to it, take it for granted? That’s why so many people feel powerless in their homes when a power outage occurs. If you have landed on this page today, I guess that you don’t want to be among those people who feel lost when there is a power outage. So, let’s see some of the reasons why you should have a backup generator in your home.



Safety is one of the main reasons you need a standby generator in your home. Say you have someone in your home who depends on a medical device. You know what can happen in case of a power outage and you have no backup power. For this reason, you need a backup generator in your home to ensure that your loved ones are safe in case of a power blackout.


If you live in a high-crime residential area, you need to have a backup generator. This is because, without electricity, your home security systems don’t work, which can allow burglars to break into your home. Outdoor lights, which keep off strangers, and light pathways also don’t function in a power outage.


You might be thinking, comfort, really? Is my home not comfortable enough? But getting a backup generator for maintaining comfort in your home is not all vanity. It is about keeping your everyday life going as normally as possible. It is about taking warm showers and turning on the furnace when it’s 0 degrees outside. Having a backup generator in your home will save you from the excessive attention a portable generator might require. Most backup generators run on diesel and natural gas, which is most probably provided by your city utility. However, if you are to install one, make sure you hire professionals like Power Systems West. We make sure local, state, and national regulations are adhered to when installing the generator and that the generator works properly.

Keep Your Food Safe


We all depend on safe, unspoiled food and water to survive. And since most perishable foods begin to go bad after 4 hours of room temperature, this is one major reason to have a standby generator in your home. This is not just about the convenience of living off canned food for days. Replacing fish from fishing trips, meat from hunting trips, premium seafood, other animal products, and all other perishable foods can get expensive. Thus, a home generator can keep these foods fresh and power your stove or microwave so you can enjoy delicious meals even during a power blackout.


And if you are from rural areas, a backup generator can ensure you have safe well water as well as food. And since a well requires electricity to pump water, a generator is required to provide clean drinking water during water blackouts.

Maintain Normal Temperatures

If you live in a desert climate, you know it can get very hot or cold. I want to imagine that sometimes during summer, day temperatures can spike to over 100 degrees, then drop to below freezing at night and in winter – or somewhere in between. There are some strong people who can withstand such extreme temperatures when a power outage occurs. But, if you live with a senior citizen or with health conditions, you can’t. Such oppressive temperatures can cause severe health issues such as strokes, dehydration, and hypothermia. Installing a power backup will create a comfortable, safe home environment by powering the A/C during a blackout.

Run Your Business Smoothly at Home

Vacation Airbnb Rentals

Another uncommon reason you need a generator in your home is to ensure your business runs smoothly at home. Say, for example, you rent your house space with Airbnb. You wouldn’t want your guests to experience a power black while on your premise. You want to give the impression that you are always prepared. Your guests don’t even need to know there is a power blackout. Do you see why you need a backup generator? To maintain the reputation of your business and get a positive review from your clients – with or without electricity.

Home Offices

If you are a remote worker or a freelancer, you need to have a backup generator installed in your home. You need the power to keep at least your computer, smartphone, and Wi-Fi running. Installing a home backup generator will keep you, your boss, and your clients happy.

So, now we have seen why you need a backup generator in your home. Now lets us look at the benefits of having a residential generator.

  • Instant backup in case of a power outage.
  • A standby generator will prevent any electrical damage caused by a power outage.
  • Peace of mind. Installing a standby generator will bring you peace of mind. This is because you will feel confident that you will have the power you need when you need it most, minimizing any stress and any financial loss.
  • It will help you operate safely during man-made and natural disasters.
  • Having a standby generator will prevent your food from going bad in the event of a power blackout.

What Are You Waiting For?

If you don’t have a backup generator in your home, this is high time you got yourself a Kohler Residential generator. As you can see, there are tangible benefits to why you need a standby generator in your home. The benefits outweigh the downsides – if there are any. Here at Power Systems West, we are experts in Kohler Residential Generators. We pride ourselves in providing power solutions to our clients since 1955. We are an authorized Kohler distributor; hence we offer total system integration. We have diesel and gaseous generators, switches, switchgear, controls, and all related accessories. So, if you are looking to install a standby generator in your home, you are in the right hands.

If you want a home generator that lasts much longer, please watch this video. Chuck Guisgand, a generator dealer from Michigan, discusses the value and longevity of KOHLER® generators based on what he has seen during his many years of repairing generators.

Why Kohler? – :55

3 Important Reasons To Use KOHLER® Generators


KOHLER® generators are the most efficient and cost-effective generators on the market. The FAA chose KOHLER® generators to protect the 1.7 million passengers in its care on any given day because of their superior quality and cost effectiveness. Kohler puts that same quality, consistency and care in their residential generators.

How KOHLER® Generators Are Different – 1:24

KOHLER’s Quality Parts Difference – :56


KOHLER® dealers are certified and knowledgeable on a level that other professionals simply aren’t. They undergo strict training and are required to re-certify every two years. A company willing to invest in maintaining this level of technical skill has invested in giving you true quality service.

Why KOHLER® Dealers? – 1:04


Kohler delivers the best ownership experience we’ve found. Besides outstanding maintenance and emergency support through their Dealer network, Kohler gives you cutting edge resources.

OnCue® System: Track Your Power – :45

Remotely monitor and manage your home generator from your computer or mobile phone.

Favorite Features of KOHLER® Residential Generators

5-year, 2,000 hour Premium Warranty
Each residential generator is built to last, long-term, in extreme conditions. Kohler offers a premium warranty to ensure your product lasts if something goes wrong.

Total Reliability
Every generator is tested during each step of the engineering process before passing inspection and moving to production.

Industrial-Grade Engines
Get maximum performance from Kohler with fuel efficient, industrial-grade engines.

No Refueling Necessary
You won’t need to worry about refueling your generator, which runs on either natural gas or propane.

Near Instant Action
KOHLER® generators can automatically revive your major appliances in a matter of seconds.

Mobile OnCue® Plus Generator Management System (Optional)
You’re always connected to your generator with the mobile app. Track real-time power status, view the last time it ran, turn on/off circuits from anywhere (additional option), and more.

Sound Silencers
Equipped with critical sound silencers, KOHLER® generators won’t be noisy or disruptive when they kick on.

UL Listed
KOHLER® generators are UL listed, CSA certified & meet worldwide emissions regulations with clean-burning engines.

To learn more about KOHLER® residential generators, please call us, or visit this page on the Kohler website.

Why Call Power Systems West?

Besides our 24/7 service team and fleet, customers value our extensive money-saving “product fit” knowledge. We examine all the details and give you sizing considerations, associated install costs, budgeting considerations, possible field issues and maintenance concerns. You will know everything you need to make an informed decision that keeps your home safe for years to come.

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