Written by Walt Meyer

How a Home Standby Generator Comes to Your Rescue

A study found 70% of Americans who experienced a power outage lasting 12 hours or more had to deal with unexpected costs. There are times when power outages can be predictable, especially when severe weather is expected. However, they often happen unexpectedly due to a transformer blowing or a vehicle running into a power pole. Fortunately, if you and your home are prepared for losing utility power, you can come out of it mostly unscathed.


Installed by a professional, a home standby generator can provide an automatic, immediate, and permanent backup source of electricity. Only seconds after losing electricity from the local utility, an automatic transfer switch activates the generator, and transfers your home’s electrical load to your generator. When utility power is restored, the automatic transfer switch returns the electrical load to the utility, and shuts off the standby generator.

Save Money

You and your family won’t have to check into a motel because of a power outage. You also can keep beverages and food from spoiling. Major problems like frozen pipes bursting or a flooded basement are prevented because the heating system and sump pump keep running. For those who have home businesses, investing in a standby generator makes financial sense. Having backup power helps ensure you won’t lose income.

Health Benefits

People with health issues often depend on electricity. For example, people with asthma and allergy conditions rely on electric air purifiers. Disabled family members may need power for assistive equipment like electrical wheelchairs. Extreme cold and heat can severely affect the health of the elderly and children, so ensuring a home’s HVAC system continues running should be a top priority during the dead of winter or in a summer heat wave.

Home Safety & Protection

Having electricity during an outage also ensures home lighting continues to function, preventing falls and injuries in the dark. Lights will discourage intruders, with power also keeping motion sensors and the security system running.

Electrical Services You Can Trust

Meyer Electrical Services is an authorized Kohler and KOHLER Sales & Service Dealer. We provide custom standby generator installations and are trained and licensed to perform the regularly required important factory service and maintenance.

Founded in 1991 and serving Maryland, Virginia, and D.C., where we are licensed and insured, Meyer Electrical Services provides home and commercial electrical services you can trust, including:

  • Standby Generator Installation
  • Panel Upgrades (Heavy-Ups)
  • Electrical Vehicle Charging Stations
  • Structured Cabling
  • Circuit Breaker Replacement

Based in Bethesda, our team proudly serves all of Montgomery County. Receive a free consultation for custom electrical work today by calling (301) 941-1400.