During a utility power outage, an automatic backup generator provides numerous advantages over a portable generator: * The American Red Cross recommends permanently installed backup generators as a safer way to provide backup power to a home than a portable generator. * With an automatic backup generator properly installed outside, your home is protected from deadly carbon monoxide poisoning that is a much greater risk with portable generators. * Running on the home’s natural gas or LP fuel supply, it is less expensive to run than gasoline and does not need to be refilled. * They start automatically within seconds of a power outage, and eliminate the need to haul a portable generator outside or run extension cords throughout your home. * They provide protection 24/7, whether you’re home or away, and they turn themselves off when utility power returns, so there is no need to monitor the unit during an outage.