How A Standby Generator Operates And Installation Steps

A standby generator will turn on when a residential power supply has been disrupted. A plumber will connect a fuel tank to a generator. An electrician will run wiring from a generator to the home that it will be supporting. 

Small Versus Large Generators

Portable generators are small in size and do not possess a wattage rating that will be able to supply electricity to an entire residence. A small generator commonly uses gasoline as its fuel source. The emissions that a small machine creates while it is actively operated can cause a carbon monoxide buildup.

It is critical that a small unit is constantly monitored while it is being operated. A unit may need to be supplied with more fuel, especially if the generator will be used for many hours. An extension cord may be needed, to connect a small unit to an inlet box.

A large, standby generator should be permanently anchored outdoors. An automatic transfer switch is connected to the generator. This switch detects when power has been lost and triggers a standby generator to turn on. Natural gas, propane, or diesel fuel is commonly used to power up a large generator. Unlike a portable generator, a standby generator will possess a high wattage rating. A large generator can be used to supply power to appliances, heating and air conditioning systems, and lighting.

The Installation Essentials

Take the size of your home and the amount of electric that you typically utilize into account. Purchase a standby generafor that has a wattage rating that can handle the power load. If you or anyone else in your home utilizes medical devices that must be powered up, consider investing in one of the larger-sized generators that are designated for residential use.

Before you hire an electrician, purchase a fuel tank for the generator and have the tank filled up. The tank should be within close proximity to the generator. The proper installation of a standby generator involves having a concrete slab installed on your land. The generator will be anchored to the slab. Once a plumber connects the fuel tank to the generator, an electrician will install an automatic transfer switch and will run wires from the generator to the inlet box.

Some generators are equipped with a testing feature. This feature will cycle up a generator at scheduled intervals. A series of diagnostic tests will be performed, to ensure that a unit is operating properly. 

For more information on residential generator installation, contact a company near you.