Power outages in your home are almost unavoidable. Being without power doesn’t just mean being without convenient lights. Food in your refrigerator and freezers can go rotten and your HVAC system will be out, leaving you freezing during the winter and sweating in the summer. Luckily, backup power supplies like portable generators are available. When you plan to wire a generator into your home, you’ll need to install a generator transfer switch as well.
What Is A Transfer Switch?
Portable generators work just fine to power vital appliances, but if not connected to your central panel, you’ll have to deal with a tangled web of extension cords scattered throughout your home. However, if you connect your portable generator straight to your electrical panel, this could damage your appliances and/or your generator.
The solution to these problems is a generator transfer switch. The unique wiring within the transfer switch functions like the power adaptor on your cell phone or tablet, adapting the current from your portable generator for use by your electrical panel.
Why You Need A Portable Generator Transfer Switch
Transfer switches are actually required by law as part of generator systems in all states, per the mandate of the National Electric Code. A transfer switch reroutes your power supply, allowing you to toggle from your utility company’s power to power created by your generator. This protects repair workers in the case that a power surge occurs from generator feedback. The transfer switch allows for specific switches to give power to specific appliances.
How It Works
The switch is installed close to your home’s central electrical panel. Wires from the switch are connected to wires for your chosen appliances within the central panel. A junction box is placed in the vicinity of the transfer switch. Electrical cables are connected from the junction box to the outside through your walls. These cables are fed through a power inlet box on the outside of the house to your generator.
hen you experience a power outage, you’ll need to connect your generator to the power inlet box on the outside of your home. You’ll then need to manually flip the switches on the transfer box into the on position for appliance power. You can get different sized transfer switches based on your home’s electrical needs and generator power.
Call Mr. Value For Expert Transfer Switch Installation
Still have questions about portable generators and transfer switches? Call Mr. Value today at (770) 894-1566 for all of your generator transfer switch services! All work done involving electricity can be dangerous and even deadly, so all services need to be performed by certified electricians. Our friendly and honest technicians will work with you to choose the transfer switch setup that will best help you during a power outage.