Automatic Standby Generators

Nearly all American homes experience a power outage sometime during the year. To some, these outages are considered a nuisance, yet for many they can cause hardships or even health hazards. Propane emergency generators can eliminate power interruption, and the possibility of food spoilage, loss of air conditioning or heat, inability to use medical or electrical devices and security system loss.

Features of Automatic Standby Generators:

  • Protects your property 24/7 whether you’re home or away.
  • Comes on automatically within seconds of power outages.
  • Runs on Natural Gas (NG) or Liquid Propane (LP) which is much less expensive than gasoline used in portable generators
  • Generac Generators provide clean and reliable power to residential loads.
  • Kohler Generators provide clean and reliable power to more commercial and larger loads.
  • Generator Enclosures protect the generator from severe weather and helps with noise reduction
  • External indicator lights provide an easy way for you to tell the status of your generator without opening the enclosure.
  • Increases the value of your home.

For More Information Please Call 781-444-0279 or email us.

Outdoor Generators – Frequently Asked Questions


What size generator do I need?

The correct generator size for your needs depends on what utilities you would like to have backed up during a power outage. Necessities (e.g, water, heat, sump pump, refrigerator, a few essential lights and plugs) can be easily handled by a smaller unit such as a 7kW or 8kW. Additional options can be handled by larger units ranging from 10kW- 20kW+ respectively. Call our office today to schedule an appointment with Phil Halverson, to give you a free estimate.


What does the generator run on?

                Automatic Standby Generators can be powered by either natural gas or propane. For those individuals who have oil, propane will be needed. In most cases, natural gas meters need to be upgraded. There may be a fee for this service.


Does the generator start and run automatically?

                Yes. Automatic Standby Generators start automatically within seconds of a power outage. The generators also have a weekly exercise time where they should run for about 10-12 minutes.


How far from the house can the generator be?

                Every town has their own setback rules regulating where the generator can and cannot be placed. Generac has standard factory regulations that suggest the generator must be 5 feet away from anything combustible and/or openings (windows, dryer exhaust, ect.)


What is the noise level of an Automatic Standby Generator?

                Noise from an Automatic Standby Generator is often described as a “hum of a lawnmower”. We have never had a customer complain about the noise level, there are some options we can discuss with you for noise reduction.

What does the generator rest on?

                Kerivan-Lane offers several different pad options for the generator to rest on.

Will my generator need any permits or inspections?

                Yes, once the work is completed, the office will schedule your electrical inspection (for which you need to be home) and our plumbers will schedule your gas inspection (for which you may need to be home). Once both of the inspections pass, we will come back to your property for a startup, activate your generator, and answer any questions you may have.


Will I need maintenance on my generator?

                Yes. It is recommended to have maintenance done on your generator once a year. Once your generator has run for the first 8 hours, we recommend changing the initial break-in oil with 200-hour oil.

Outdoor Generators – What to Expect

Below is a list of some of the things you can expect during a generator installation:


  • You will need to be home at the start of your installation when our crew arrives to let them in and to go over the generator location and circuits being backed up by the generator. Once this is done, you do not need to be home for the remainder of the timer as out crew will work straight throughout the day and lock up if needed.


  • Your power will be out for about 2-3 hours during installation.


  • Remember this is a construction site and we will need to dig a trench through your yard. We will do our best to get your yard back to its original condition; however, depending on the time of year, this process may be more difficult than others.


  • Once the trench is dug, it will not be filled until your startup (can be a few business days).


  • While our installation of the generator and the transfer switch usually only takes one day, inspections of both the gas and the electrical work and the start-up can take up to several days. Every town inspects at different days and times, and we will try our best to work around your schedule. As with any construction job, unforeseen circumstances may arise and delay the installation process.


  • You will need to be home for inspections and start-up.