Installing a standby generator means that you’ll have a reliable source of backup power should your power grid go down. However, the generator itself is only one part of the power source. Your generator also has to know when to turn on so that you enjoy an uninterrupted flow of power. That’s where automatic transfer switches (ATS) come in.
An automatic transfer switch (also known as a generator transfer switch) is a power switching device that constantly monitors your electricity levels. In the event of an outage, when your electricity levels fall, the switch will automatically transfer the load circuit to your generator, which will provide you with power until the grid is back up and running. This also saves you from having to go out into potentially dangerous weather to start your generator.
The process an automatic transfer switch initiates is simple:
An automatic transfer switch monitors your power sources constantly. With an automatic transfer switch, your standby generator can automatically switch on and off as needed during a power outage so that there’s no need for you to manually turn on the generator. This makes it both easier and safer to use your generator.
There are two main types of automatic transfer switches:
The installation of an automatic transfer switch is complicated and should be left to a professional. This ensures not only that your ATS functions properly, but also prevents any accidents that could occur when attempting the technical installation process. In addition, having it installed with your generator by a professional ensures that it’s properly connected to and compatible with your generator. The automatic transfer switch will be connected to your home through your electrical panel so that it is directly connected to your home’s power source and can monitor power levels accordingly.
Choosing your generator is only the first step in having reliable backup power. Knowing that your standby generator can turn on and off automatically without having to manually start your system is the perfect way to enjoy full peace of mind from your backup source. Explore our automatic transfer switches by contacting a South Shore Generator Sales & Service and ask about how you can select a system that works for your home.
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