You've probably heard good things about automatic standby generator systems, but what exactly are they and how can it help your family? We'll teach you the basics and show you the financial benefits. Learn all about why a standby generator is right for you.

Benefits of Owning a Home Generator

Few scenarios for a family are met with as much universal frustration as waiting out a power outage in the dark. A power outage interrupts a family's daily routine and forces life to be put on pause until the power returns. Standby generator systems prevent that. Period. Standby generator systems are designed to keep lights and home appliances powered in the event of a power outage - automatically. Best of all, they provide peace of mind that your family won't have to endure another headache-inducing power outage in the dark.

Confidence & Comfort During a Power Outage

There's a lot to like about owning a standby generator system. It provides security and confidence that home life will continue uninterrupted, no matter the weather conditions outside.

Stay indoors, watch your favorite show and keep on snacking while your standby generator keeps your home running.

Prevent Storm Damage & Power Outage Costs

Standby generators prevent unexpected repair or losses that occur when a home sits without power. National averages1 for such power outage costs include:

  • $150 per night for a hotel stay.
  • $200 in spoiled food losses.
  • A home with an unpowered sump pump can incur $20,000 in basement water damages.

Learn about all of the unexpected costs associated with a power outage.

Lower Homeowners Insurance Rate

Home standby generators keep a home humming. Insurers know that when your home's lights and security system are on, it's less likely that you'll be making a home theft claim. That's why many insurance agencies view standby generators as a theft prevention investment, which can reduce your homeowners insurance rate.

Increase Your Home Value

Property values increase for homes with a standby generator system. A recent study by Remodeling Magazine showed standby generators increase home resale values by 52.7% of the cost of the generator system.

With systems and home generator installation costing around $5,000 total, it's easy to see how quickly standby generators can become a valued investment - especially after financing options are considered.

How Does a Standby Generator Work

A home standby generator system consists of two products: A standby generator unit and an automatic transfer switch.

The two work in concert with your home to ensure when power is lost, it’s only for a matter of seconds before backup power kicks in. A standby generator system and automatic transfer switch are professionally installed to your home’s existing wiring. Constantly at the ready, the system senses when utility power stops flowing to your home for any reason, thus sensing a power outage. Within seconds, the automatic transfer switch seamlessly transfers your home’s selected electrical circuits and appliances to backup power. Once the generator system senses utility power is back online, your home is automatically transferred back to utility power and the standby generator is shut down until it’s needed the next time.

Why Choose Briggs & Stratton

With over 110 years of respected experience, Briggs & Stratton brings trust, reliability and advanced technology born of a commitment to innovation. Our intense focus on innovation has helped us develop celebrated state-of-the-art standby generator systems that answer your challenges at home and in commerce. Generators that stand by you.

We've built the largest worldwide customer service network, with more than 2,500 authorized Briggs & Stratton standby dealers – so we’re there for you wherever you are. When you make that final choice to buy a Briggs & Stratton home generator, you can rely on a local generator expert to guide you through every step of the purchase process and beyond. When it comes to backup power – we’re always on.

Commitment to Customer Support

  • Customer support throughout the entire process
  • Briggs & Stratton local dealers providing expert customer service and advice
  • Customer support center that answers your questions fast

Briggs & Stratton Standby Dealers

  • Get expert guidance to choose the right generator
  • Trust a professional for generator installation
  • Rely on your dealer for ongoing generator service & maintenance

The Engine That Powers

  • Briggs & Stratton designs robust, high performance engines
  • Premium, commercial-grade Vanguard® engines that are application engineered
  • Those engines in our standby generators provide durable and dependable power

Standby Warranty

Briggs & Stratton is here to back you up for today, tomorrow and several years after your purchase. Unlike other standby generator manufacturers, our warranty covers parts, labor and travel for the full length of the warranty with no start-up costs.

Fortress Standby Generators: The Fortress line of standby generators offers the industry's leading standard 6-year limited warranty2 of parts, labor and travel. No other standby generator manufacturer provides a standard warranty this comprehensive. We engineer our generators to deliver quality, reliable power, and our warranty backs-up that commitment. See our exclusive line of Fortress Standby Generators.

Residential Standby Generators: The Briggs & Stratton line of standby generators offers a comprehensive 5-year limited warranty2 of parts, labor and travel. Not all 5-year warranties are created equal. When researching other manufacturer’s warranties, make sure you read the fine print so you are not caught off guard when a warranty issue arises. Check out our line-up of Residential Standby Generators.

Commercial Standby Generators: The Briggs & Stratton line of commercial standby generators offers a comprehensive 3-year limited warranty2 of parts, labor and travel. Your business needs to keep running, even when the power goes out- your customers and profits rely on it. We offer the longest standard warranty to back your business. Look at this line-up of Commercial Standby Generators.

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Power Management

Make your back up power go further with a power management system. Use this system to prioritize your needs, reduce fuel costs and minimize the size generator needed to power your home. Briggs & Stratton makes it easy with two power management Systems, Amplify Power Management and the Symphony II Power Management transfer switch. These systems will use your power on what you really need it for giving you flexibility in your back up power management.

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Symphony® II Power Management 

Automatically balancing the backup power needs of your home’s electrical loads, Symphony® II Power Management lets you purchase a smaller, more affordable home generator system while maintaining the comfort of whole-house backup power. With Symphony® II Power Management, you’ll benefit from:

  • A reduced initial investment
  • Lower fuel costs
  • Lower generator installation costs

Amplify Power Management

Automatically balancing the backup power needs of your home’s electrical loads, Amplify Power Management lets you monitor and change your power settings all from your smartphone. Manage up to 32 modules for high voltage appliances to maintain your households operation: 

  • Managing your high wattage appliances right from your smartphone app
  • A reduced initial investment
  • Lower fuel costs
  • Lower generator installation costs

Find the right generator for your needs with Briggs & Stratton. Search through our exclusive line of standby generators.

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1Estimates are for illustrative purposes only and should not be used to estimate power outage loss. Cost estimates were pulled from US News, 2012; STR Global, 2012;; and Costs vary from state to state and home to home. Briggs & Stratton is not liable for any damages that occur during a power outage.

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