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Which Standby Generator Does My Home Need?

Choosing A Standby Generator

To determine which standby generator system is right for your household, first think about which household items you want to remain functioning during a power outage. The number of home appliances or electrical loads you want to power will determine the size and cost of the residential generator.

Still not sure where to start?

Our Standby Generator Sizing Calculator lets you select what in your home you want to power and directs you to the appropriate generator system.

Briggs & Stratton’s full line of automatic standby generator systems power your home in differing ways, depending on the generator size and what you want to power in your home.

Select Circuit Home Generators: Power Essential Appliances

A select-circuit generator system is a cost-effective way to power your home’s basics to get you comfortably through a power outage. These units can power up to 10 electrical loads in your home, including the fridge, some lights, television, and the microwave. It’s a perfect small home generator solution.

Managed, Whole-House Power Generators: Smaller, More Power

Equipped with the smartest Power Management system available, Symphony® II Power Management, these backup power solutions give your family the benefits of whole-house power with a smaller, more affordable generator system. With the innovative power of Symphony II, these home generator systems can manage the power of all your electrical needs — including up to two air conditioners.

Whole-House Generators: Maximum Backup Power Needs

Whole-house standby generator options are the best backup power solution for extra-large and luxury homes. From dual ovens to hot tubs, they power an array of high wattage appliances with the performance you could expect from commercial generators.


Residential Standby Systems

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Briggs & Stratton® residential standby generator systems take the worry out of a power outage—automatically. Our entire line of home generator systems is designed to give your house the specific backup power option it needs. Now daily life can carry on, uninterrupted by the storm outside.

What Sets Our Residential Generators Apart?

Our line of home standby generator systems are powered by Briggs & Stratton engines and the legendary reliability only our engines can provide. Whether you live in a starter home and only have a few select circuits requiring backup power, or you need everything in your large luxury home powered, we have a generator system to meet your needs.

Our innovative Symphony® II Power Management System lets you select up to eight high-wattage appliances based on your family’s specific power needs. Symphony II then manages the power to those appliances, so you receive whole-house power with a smaller, more affordable home generator system.

Best of all, our promise to provide peace of mind extends to the industry’s best warranty for residential generators. Each standby generator system comes equipped with a home generator and an automatic transfer switch. Not sure what system fits your home best? Tell us what you want powered and we’ll help pair you with the right size generator or browse our entire lineup of backup power solution.

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Symphony® II Power Management

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Whole-house backup power is now a whole lot more affordable with Briggs & Stratton’s Symphony® II Power Management system for home standby generators. As the most customizable Power Management system anywhere, this patented technology is the easiest way to give your family unprecedented peace of mind and protection during a power outage.

What Symphony® II Does

Symphony® II Power Management System automatically balances the backup power needs of your home’s electrical loads, including high-wattage items like air conditioning units, stoves, and dryers. Our power management system gives you uninterrupted, whole-house power with a more affordable home generator.

How Symphony® II Backup Power Works

With Symphony® II Power Management, you select up to eight high-wattage appliances based on your family’s specific power needs. It then manages the distribution of power from the generator to those appliances — automatically. This load management ensures the generator won’t overload and shut down so your family can continue to have power.

Additionally, the Symphony® II Power Management transfer switch is wired into your home’s existing wiring by a professional, where it monitors your home’s electrical circuits, saving more on the cost of installation.

How You Save Money With A Standby Generator With Symphony® II

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:

Use our sizing calculator to find the right size generator for you!

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Transfer Switches

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Every Briggs & Stratton standby generator system comes with an automatic transfer switch. An automatic transfer switch senses when utility power flowing to your home is interrupted and automatically manages your home’s transition to backup power.

Your local Briggs & Stratton dealer can help you find the right standby generator models and transfer switch combination that best fits your home.

Choose The Right Transfer Switch For Your Home

All generator systems require an Automatic Transfer Switch. They are available in 5 sizes: 50 Amps, 100 Amp, 150 Amp, 200 Amp, and Dual 200/400 Amp. Your home's electrical service will determine the size you need. For example, 100 Amp service is very common in older homes while 200 Amp service is common in newer homes. Large luxury homes and small businesses tend to have 400 Amp Service, commonly using two 200 Amp split distribution. Briggs & Stratton® is proud to be the only manufacturer to offer a dual 200 Amp/split 400 Amp switch.

Even if you don’t know what electrical service your home has, there are two common places where the information can be located:

1. Inspect your electrical panel for a label that indicates its amperage rating. The electrical panel will be located where the rest of your home’s utilities are located such as the furnace and water heater, or it could be a separate panel installed on a wall where your utility power enters your home.

2. Look at the amperage rating on your main breaker, located in your electrical panel. The main breaker is the largest breaker you have and should have its capacity written on it or adjacent to it. With Briggs & Stratton’s complete line of automatic transfer switches, you can take charge before the power goes out. A transfer switch is the brains behind the system, creating a direct line of communication between utility power and the generator. All generator systems require the purchase and installation of a transfer switch.

Home Generator Module Types

Low-Voltage Module

Regulate your generator output and manage your thermostatically controlled appliances, like an air conditioner, with the Low-Voltage Module.

50 Amp Voltage Module

Manage your backup power with the 50 Amp Voltage Module. Synchronized with the Symphony® II Transfer Switch, the 50 Amp Module manages generator output with any 240 volt appliances during a power outage, such as your stove, oven, and electric heat.

Low-Voltage Dual Module

Manage your power needs with the Low-Voltage Dual Module. Synchronized with the Symphony® II Transfer Switch, the Low-Voltage Dual Module controls any two thermostatically controlled appliances during a power outage, such as 2 air conditioners. All three modules listed above can be installed inside of your home and do not require any additional wiring. They come with a 3-year limited warranty.

Accessories

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Accessories help maximize the performance of your Briggs & Stratton® standby generator system. During the generator installation period, you can work with your dealer to determine which accessories may be best for your home’s backup power needs.

Briggs & Stratton Standby Generator Accessories

Monitoring Systems

Finally, there’s no need to run outside to check on your standby generator when a storm is looming. Briggs & Stratton® monitoring systems feature popular generator accessories that make it more convenient than ever to stay on top of your generator’s current status without ever leaving the comfort of your living room

Infohub™ Wireless Generator Monitoring

Infohub™ generator monitoring is true next-generation wireless monitoring for your standby generator system. Compatible with any Briggs & Stratton® standby generator manufactured after 2005, use Infohub™ to receive alerts and notifications straight to your computer, tablet or smart phone in regards to your generator’s status, maintenance needs, or service schedule reminders.

Remote System Status Panel For Generator Monitoring

Wired and mounted in the home, the Remote System Status Panel provides simple visual cues alerting you to generator issues that need to be addressed. The permanently mounted Remote System Status Panel is available for standby generators between 8kW and 20kW.

Basic Wireless Generator Monitor

The Briggs & Stratton® Basic Wireless Monitor gives you easy, trouble-free monitoring. The wireless monitor can easily be moved around your house, so you know your generator’s status without ever having to go outside. The Basic Wireless Monitor is available with the 8-10kW and 17-20kW standby generator systems.

Wireless Router

The Briggs & Stratton® Wireless Router is a small extender that can be used to expand the range of your generator’s wireless network. The router is compatible with the Basic Wireless Monitor in homes where the generator is placed farther than 200 feet from the house. The router can be plugged into any standard outlet within the home.


Cold Weather

Cold weather generator accessories keep your standby generator ready to perform like normal when the temperature dips below 30 degrees Fahrenheit outside. Your dealer can help suggest the best cold weather kit for your system upon generator installation or you can choose from the options below:

Cold Weather Kits

As the temperature goes down, the thermostat-controlled battery warmer and oil heater begin to protect your home standby generator from freezing. Each cold weather kit includes a battery warmer for your home standby generator and two oil heaters. Kits are available for specific standby generator system models from 8kW to 25kW*.

Engine Block Heater

Engine block heaters, available for Briggs & Stratton 25kW, 35kW and 48kW* models, help keep larger standby generator engines warm, making it easier for them to start in cold weather as low as negative 20 degrees Fahrenheit. Each kit includes an engine block heater and bracket.

240 Volt Internal Battery Warmer

The internal battery warmer helps keep your engine at an ideal temperature for starting. They are thermostatically controlled and turn on when the temperature reaches 30 degrees Fahrenheit. The 240 volt internal battery warmer is designed for our 8kW to 20kW* standby generator models.

240 Volt Internal Engine Oil Warmer

Engine oil warmers help keep your engine at an ideal temperature for starting. They are thermostatically controlled and turn on when the temperature reaches 30 degrees Fahrenheit. The oil warmer is designed for our 8kW to 20kW* standby generator models.


Maintenance Kits

Briggs & Stratton’s line of generator maintenance kits are the accessory every homeowner should consider. Standby generator maintenance kits keep your system running at peak performance with Briggs & Stratton maintenance supplies specifically designed for scheduled and preventative maintenance practices.

8kW Maintenance Kit

The 8kW generator maintenance kit includes an air filter, spark plug, oil filter, funnel, and oil.

10-12kW Maintenance Kit

The 10-12kW maintenance kit includes an air filter, two spark plugs, oil filter, funnel, and oil.

10kW Maintenance Kit

The 10kW maintenance kit includes an air filter, two spark plugs, oil filter, funnel, and oil.

16-20kW Maintenance Kit

The 16-20kW maintenance kit includes an air filter, two spark plugs, oil filter, funnel, and oil.

30-35kW Maintenance Kit

The 30-35kW maintenance kit includes an air filter, four spark plugs, oil filter, funnel, and oil.

45kW Maintenance Kit

The 45kW generator maintenance kit includes an air filter, 8 spark plugs, oil filter, funnel, and oil.

These generators are rated in accordance with UL (Underwriters Laboratories) 2200 (stationary engine generator assemblies) and CSA (Canadian Standards Association) standard C22.2 No. 100-04 (motors and generators).

Modules

Briggs & Stratton Symphony® II Power Management modules are the generator accessories that allow you to manage and prioritize up to eight high-wattage home appliances you want powered during a power outage. The modules are professionally installed during generator installation to sync with your Symphony® II transfer switch.

Symphony® II Power Management Modules

Briggs & Stratton Low Voltage Module

Briggs & Stratton low voltage modules are synched with your standby generator system’s Symphony® II transfer switch to manage the power flowing to your home’s high-wattage appliances during a power outage. The module can be installed inside of your home and does not require any additional wiring. The module comes with a 3-year limited warranty*.

Briggs & Stratton 50 Amp Module

Synchronized with your system’s Symphony® II transfer switch, the Briggs & Stratton 50 amp module manages generator output with any 120- or 240-volt home appliances, like your stove, oven and electric heat, during a power outage. The module can be installed inside of your home and does not require any additional wiring. The standby generator module comes with a 3-year limited warranty*.

Briggs & Stratton Low Voltage Dual Module

Synchronized with the Symphony® II transfer switch, the Briggs & Stratton low voltage dual module controls any two thermostatically-controlled appliances (like two AC units) during a power outage. The module can be installed inside of your home and does not require any additional wiring. It comes with a 3-year limited warranty*.

*Warranty details are available here.

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