Generators can provide back-up power for your home when the power goes out

In the event of a power loss, generators can be a priceless tool for the comfort and safety of home and business owners.

John Tracey, store manager of Tractor Supply Co. in Tiffin, said his store sells a variety of portable and whole-house generators to provide back-up power for everyday electric service.

Portable generators, he said, provide about 3,500-5,000 watts, and intermittently will power different appliances and other needs in a home in the event of a power outage. Portable generators, he said, cost between $200 and $1,000, depending on size, and are “very reliable.”

Whole-house generators, Tracey said, can “power everything in the house,” and 15 models are available through TSC.

Whole-house generators, he said, cost about $3,500, and must be installed by an electrician, which increases the cost.

Like the portable variety, whole-house generators are sold based on the kilowatt hour requirements of a household or business. For example, Tracey said, a 2,000-square-foot home typically would require a 12-15 kilowatt generator to provide for whole-house power needs.

Tracey said customers should not plan on purchasing a generator for one-time use and then returning it.

“It (the generator) will be needed again,” he said.