A generator is an extremely useful tool in emergencies. It can power anything from just a few lights and appliances to the whole house. It can keep all the food storage in the freezer from thawing out and going bad. It can turn an unexpected event like a disaster to a manageable setback. Generators are complex pieces of machinery, and they must be treated with respect and understanding. It is possible to run your home off of a generator, but you need to know how to run your house off of a generator.
HOW TO INSTALL A WHOLE HOUSE GENERATOR
Trying to hook a house to a generator without the proper tools and knowledge is extremely dangerous. You can cause the electricity to travel back up the power lines, running the risk of severe electric shock. You can also ruin your appliances or even blow up your generator.
Owning a whole house generator is a huge benefit especially if it is installed properly and simple maintenance is performed. It is important to install the proper equipment and learn how to properly care for this very important piece of machinery to keep your family and your home safe during a power outage.
To legally connect a house to a generator you need to have a transfer switch installed into your home. A transfer switch is a device that is a safe electrical connection to join the whole home generator to your house. This device isolates the circuits of your home from the utility lines. It prevents your generator from back-feeding the power lines and makes connecting a generator extremely easy. You simply flip the switch, plug in your generator, and you are good to go.
A qualified electrician will need to install the transfer switch. There are two types of transfer switches: manual models, and universal transfer switches. If you acquire a manual model you must manually manage which circuits are on and which are off in order to prevent overloading your generator. This requires knowing how many amps and volts each appliance requires and understanding how that relates to the output of your generator. Manual models are generally less expensive because they are easier to install. A universal transfer switch, or automatic transfer switch, is a more complex and expensive tool, but it does all the hard work for you, you simply program it and then it handles toggling your circuits (Connecting Your Generator to Your Home).
A transfer switch is a legal requirement because it is the only safe way to connect your home to a generator. It does require an electrician and prior planning. If you find yourself without the time or without access to an electrician to install a transfer switch during a state of emergency, instead of trying to run the whole house from the generator it is best to use extension cords and power your appliances individually. This will help reduce the load to the generator and reduce the risk of shock by overloading the system. To do this safely, you must understand the requirements of each appliance and the load your generator is capable of handling.
WHAT TYPES OF HOMES NEED A WHOLE HOUSE GENERATOR?
Really, every home can benefit from a whole house generator at any time summer or winter. Families with medical needs such as oxygen machines definitely should look into a generator system.
HOW BIG OF A GENERATOR DO I NEED FOR MY HOME?
To get an accurate idea of your home’s needs we recommend having a professional come and assess your home. You don’t want a generator that is too small or too big especially if your power is out for several days due to weather-related issues. Call today to find out how easy it is to get a whole house generator for your home and family.