Automatic Standby Generator
An automatic standby generator is a back-up electrical system that operates whether you are at home or away. It automatically supplies power to essential circuits of your home within seconds of a utility outage. After utility power returns, the generator shuts itself off and awaits the next outage. It operates on natural gas or liquid propane and sits outside just like a central air conditioning unit.
A 17KW whole house generator with a 200 amp service rated transfer switch provides 80 amps of power at 120/240 volts. These are rated at 200 amps, which is typically the standard size service in most homes. The unit switches from utility power to generator power in a matter of minutes, allowing your entire house to be repowered. Generators run on either natural gas or propane.
With the cover closed, these generators run more quietly than a lawn mower. Maintenance is minimal. These generators will automatically exercise once a week for fifteen minutes allowing the batteries to charge and the system to check itself. A tune-up and oil change are recommended once a year.
safe way to supply power during a power outage is to use a portable generator of the appropriate wattage for your needs (at least 4000 Watts for starters) have an electrician install a power transfer switch connected to the house’s main electrical panel. Just fire up the generator, run a single extension cord into the transfer switch and power the circuits you need through the main circuit breaker. This eliminates the risk of electrical “back feed” injuring utility workers repairing downed power lines.
A 30 amp transfer switch allows six circuits to be powered by a portable generator. A small portable gasoline-powered electric generator can provide power for TVs, small kitchen appliances, hair dryers, power tools, lights and other devices.