Automatic Standby Generator

Automatic Standby Generator

An automatic standby generator for emergency backup power usually consists of two separate parts. The first, of course, is the generator itself. This will be based on the amount of power you need, the type of fuel you want the unit to run on (diesel, natural gas or propane), and a few other factors.

The second item you’ll need is a transfer switch. This will be sized based on your normal electric service from your electric company as well as the generator size. For example, the generator may only put out 65 amps, but your service may be 100 amps. The transfer switch is what makes it an automatic standby generator.

The transfer switch has the electric company service connected to it, as well as the generator cables. The switch will be able to sense when you lose power, and will then take the appropriate steps to start your generator, and then transfer to generator power.

Likewise, when the regular electrical service comes back on line, the transfer switch will sense it. It will transfer to service power automatically, then shut down the no longer needed generator.

Many can also be set up to exercise your generator on a regular basis. ¬†You may not need your automatic standby generator for months or even years, but you wouldn’t want it to sit there without running for that amount of time. Chances are, it wouldn’t run properly when you needed it most! Exercising the automatic standby generator will ensure that you catch problems ahead of time, as well as ensure the unit is regularly run and ready to go.

Regardless of how big or small your project is, Emergency Standby Power can handle your automatic standby generator needs. Just give us a call and we’ll get the details and go over your options. Our goal is to provide you with the generator and transfer switch that best matches your needs, and to do so at the most affordable price that we can.