When it comes to keeping the lights on while the power is out, a backup generator is valuable peace of mind. From a portable generator with inlet to power small loads to a whole house automatic standby setup, we can help.
There are three basic types of generators available to homeowners. Portable plugins, generator fed sub panels, and whole house automatic standby systems.
Portable plugins are the easiest and most affordable route but are also the most limited and require manual transfer and load management. A small manual transfer switch is installed next to the main panel and can typically handle up to six 15 and 20 amp circuits. A inlet to connect the generator can be installed inside the garage or outside for a more convenient generator placement. This is simple solution and a great option for keeping your essentials up and running. Basic lighting, gas furnace, freezer, refrigerator, and microwave.
A big step up from plugin portables are sub panels fed by a permanently installed generator. This type of system includes a wide range of options and can be sized according to your needs. A typical installation would include a 60 or even 100 amp subpanel fed through an automatic transfer switch. This will handle all the basics plus additional lighting, outlets, and appliances for added convince and utility.
For the most convenience and piece of mind, a whole house standby system is the way to go. In this scenario the automatic transfer switch becomes the new service feeding your house. All of your circuits can then be fed from the utility or generator power and, depending on the size of generator, only the largest loads will be connected to load shedding modules to prevent the generator from being overloaded. In this fully automated system, when the power goes out the generator will start up and begin feeding power. Exercise schedules can also be set so minimal maintenance is required.