A generator is a device that converts mechanical energy into electrical energy. A Standby Generator uses natural gas to produce electricity. A Portable Generator typically uses an engine powered by gasoline, diesel, propane, to produce electricity.

Generators can be classified into two main types: portable generators and standby (or stationary) generators.

Portable Generators: These are smaller units designed for temporary use, such as camping, outdoor events, or powering essential appliances during power outages.

Standby Generators: These are larger units installed permanently outside homes or businesses. They automatically activate during power outages to provide continuous backup power.

Generators work by converting mechanical energy into electrical energy through electromagnetic induction. The engine (powered by fuel) rotates an internal coil within a magnetic field, creating an electrical current that is transferred through wiring to outlets.

Generator size depends on your power requirements. Consider the total wattage of appliances and devices you need to power simultaneously during an outage. A larger generator provides more power capacity and can handle more appliances simultaneously.
Many homes use Standby Generators that are hooked up to their gas lines.

Portable Generator: Ideal for occasional use, outdoor activities, or small power needs. They are versatile and can be moved to different locations.

Standby Generator: Provides automatic backup power during outages. It is permanently installed and connected to your home’s electrical system, ensuring seamless power supply without manual operation.

Regular maintenance is crucial to ensure your generator operates reliably during emergencies. Tasks may include:

  • Changing oil and filters
  • Inspecting and replacing spark plugs
  • Checking fuel levels and condition
  • Testing the battery (for electric start models)
  • Running periodic tests to ensure proper functionality


Follow the manufacturer’s instructions provided in the owner’s manual. Typically, you’ll need to:

  • Ensure the generator is placed on a stable, flat surface outdoors (for portable units).
  • Turn the fuel valve to the ON position.
  • Pull the recoil starter cord (for manual start) or use the electric start button (for electric start models).
  • To stop, turn the engine switch to the OFF position and let the generator cool down before storing.

Generators are designed for periodic use and should not be run continuously for extended periods without proper maintenance and refueling breaks. Consult your owner’s manual for specific runtime recommendations.

No, generators should never be operated indoors or in enclosed spaces due to the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. Always place generators outdoors in well-ventilated areas away from doors, windows, and vents.

Follow these safety guidelines:

  • Operate portable generators outdoors in a well-ventilated area.
  • Keep generators away from flammable materials and sources of heat.
  • Never refuel a hot generator or store fuel near heat sources.
  • Use heavy-duty extension cords rated for outdoor use.
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors in your home.

Portable Generators’ runtime varies depending on the size of the fuel tank, the load (wattage demand), and the fuel efficiency of the generator model. Consult your owner’s manual for estimated runtime at different loads.

Standby Generators run on the connection of your gas line from your home.

Refer to your owner’s manual for troubleshooting steps. Common issues may include starting problems, low power output, and engine surging. Ensure proper maintenance and consult a qualified technician if problems persist.

Warranty coverage varies by manufacturer and model. Check the warranty terms and conditions provided with your generator for details on coverage duration and what is included.

For Standby Generators you can buy a cover for the size that it is. Be sure to understand the measurements of your generator, see specifications on product page.

For Portable Generators, store generators in a clean, dry location away from moisture and extreme temperatures. Drain the fuel system or add a fuel stabilizer for long-term storage. Cover the generator to protect it from dust and debris.