As the power grid in the United States becomes overtaxed by growing demand and extreme weather, chances increase that your home will lose power for more than a day. Need some stats? In 2020, the US Department of Energy recorded 383 electrical disturbance events — major power outages — compared to 150 in 2017.
Not all power outages make headlines like the one that shut down Texas for weeks after the February 2021 ice storm. But for affected homeowners, any outage is inconvenient — and can be costly and dangerous.
That’s why Sears Home Services now offers whole home generator sales and installation, so you have a backup when the power goes out. We’ve partnered with Cummins to offer a range of affordable whole home generators for almost any size of house.
WHY A STANDBY GENERATOR?
Unlike that noisy portable generator that you have to hook up when the power goes out, a standby generator is a permanent, professionally installed unit that automatically turns on the moment the power goes out. Standby generators run powerfully, quietly and efficiently until the power outage ends.
The Cummins QuietConnect™ Series includes compact, powerful and quiet whole home standby generators suited to a range of homes sizes. And Cummins standby generators are backed by an industry-leading warranty.
CUMMINS QUIETCONNECT AIR-COOLED STANDBY GENERATORS
Sears installs two packages of Cummins QuietConnect air-cooled standby generators — standard air-cooled models that operate to 0 degrees Fahrenheit, and extreme-temperature air-cooled models that operate to –40 degrees Fahrenheit. The air-cooled generator models have an output of 13 to 20 kilowatts, to suit different sizes of homes.
ALL AIR-COOLED MODELS OFFER THESE FEATURES
- They’re extremely quiet and neighborhood friendly, with a sound level of 65 decibels from 23 feet (about as loud as a dishwasher).
- Built-in remote monitoring lets you control the generator from anywhere.
- Intelligent load management determines which circuits to power.
- Proprietary no-start exercising is a fuel-saving way to run diagnostics without starting the engine.
- The compact, sleek design blends into your landscape.
- The unit can be installed as close as 18 inches from your home.
- The unit uses natural gas or propane.
- Cummins air-cooled standby generators have a 5-year limited warranty.
CUMMINS QUIETCONNECT LIQUID-COOLED STANDBY GENERATOR
For homes that need more power, Sears offer a line of Cummins QuietConnect liquid-cooled generators. The liquid-cooled models have an output of 25 to 50 kilowatts, depending on the model.
Like the air-cooled standby generators, the liquid-cooled models run on natural gas or propane, have a sleek design and proprietary no-start exercising to save fuel while running diagnostics.
ALL LIQUID-COOLED MODELS OFFER THESE FEATURES
- Cummins PowerCommand; electronic control provides industry-leading self-diagnostic capabilities.
- The robust design can handle the harshest weather, including 180-mph winds.
- Depending on the model, the sound level ranges from 60 to 64 decibels at 23 feet with the optional sound-reducing enclosure.
- Cummins liquid-cooled standby generators have a 2-year limited warranty.
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Due to severe thunderstorms, hurricanes, tornadoes, wild fires, heat waves, extremely cold weather and other factors, homeowner’s faced an average of 8 hours of outages in 2020 according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).
Having supplies ready for an electrical blackout is essential for your well-being. Even if you have a whole-house back-up generator, you’ll still need to have some essential items stored away to deal with a power outage in your area because local stores may be without power even though you still have electricity.
Store these essential items to be ready for a power outage:
The transfer switch is an integral part of a whole house standby generator system. The transfer switch performs these essential functions:
- Monitors utility company power that normally powers the home.
- Detects an interruption in utility company power and sends the “utility power unavailable” signal to the backup house generator control.
- Receives the transfer command from the house generator control and switches the home’s power source to the house generator.
- Senses the restoration of utility company power and sends the “utility power available” signal to the house generator control.
- Receives the transfer command from the house generator control and switches the home’s power source to utility company power.
Automatically switching the source of your home’s power from the normal utility power to backup home generator power when an outage occurs helps keep your home constantly supplied with power.
Finding the right size of back-up whole-home generator is essential to keeping your home safe while saving you money. You don’t want to pay for more power than you need or do without the power your home requires.
Find the right size of generator that you need to power your home during an outage.
If you’ve ever experienced power outages or brown-outs, you’ve likely gained a greater appreciation for a dependable power supply going to your home.
Severe weather, lack of generating capacity or fire danger can quickly knock out power from the electrical grid that normally supplies your home’s electrical power.
With a whole-home standby generator, you’ll gain these advantages over using a portable generator:
When considering the purchase of a Cummins QuiteConnect™ whole-home generator, understanding the differences between air-cooled and liquid-cooled designs can help make it easier to decide which one is right for your needs.
All whole-home standby generators produce a large amount of heat during operation. Keeping the unit from overheating is essential to the life of the generator, and every generator is built with a system to keep it cooled; air or liquid.