Standby vs. Portable?

A home standby generator is the best way to be prepared in the event of a power outage. Backup power systems can keep your lights, home appliances and air conditioning running until utility service is restored in your area.  A standby home generator will also be able to save the food in your refrigerator during a prolonged outage – saving you hundreds of dollars - and providing uninterrupted power.

Check out the table below to compare the benefits of standby generators vs. portables:

CDS Emergency Power System




Powers entire home continuously for
5 to 8 days

Limited power to some lights, appliances, and fans

Fixed, permanent system

Portable, needs transporting and replacing

Connects directly to a home’s existing circuits cords

Connects through extension

Runs on propane or natural gas; single tank runs up to one week

Runs on gasoline; requires constant refueling

CDS professionals install and service; maintenance agreement provided

Homeowner must operate and service

Operates quietly

Operates noisily

Environmentally friendly

Not friendly to the environment

Increases the equity of your home

Adds no value to your property

The Added Value of a Home Generator

Home generators not only protect your home from power outages, they add resale value as well. A home with a generator stands out to potential home buyers as a well-equipped home, ready for power outages and stormy weather.  You can expect to recoup as much as 60% of the cost to purchase and install a home backup generator if you choose to sell your home (based on Remodeling Magazine estimates).