More Then You Ever Need To Know About Home Generator Transfer Switches

Automatic transfer switches for home generators aren’t very glamorous. But they are a required component for your home’s backup power solution … they are the brains to the generator’s brawn. Find out more about what they do and how you can’t have an automatic home backup power solution without one.

What Does It Do?

The transfer switch monitors your home’s utility power. When it detects a disruption in

power (usually of 10 seconds or more) it starts your generator. When your generator is

producing the correct amount of electricity, it closes the connection with utility power and

opens the connection with generator power, supplying power to your home. When utility

power is restored, the transfer switch detects it, closes the connection to generator power

, opens the connection to utility power, and powers down your generator. All of this is

done automatically without any involvement from you.

How Do I Choose the Right One?

Selecting the appropriate transfer switch depends on what items you want to supply

backup power to and how you want that power controlled. Here are the options:

Complete Whole House Power: a transfer switch will supply power to your entire home.

at all times.

Managed Whole House Power:

With a power management system, your generator. can work smarter. It protects all your

home’s circuits by cycling power on and off as needed for different appliances.

Essential Circuit Power: Essential coverage protects only your most important   circuits — such as lights, furnace, water heater, refrigerator/freezer A/C and sump pump.

What Is Load Management?

Load management is a function of a home backup power system that routes the appropriate amount of power to the circuits and appliances that need it most. The transfer switch directs power away from less power-hungry appliances (refrigerator) to more power-hungry appliances (central air conditioner) when needed. When those power-hungry loads are no longer needed, the transfer switch restores power to the less power-hungry circuits and appliances.

Are There Different Kinds?

Typical transfer switches come in 6- to 16-circuit configrations as well as Whole House units that supply power to your entire home. Briggs & Stratton Smart Switch is advanced technology that allows you to prioritize your home’s circuits. PowerUp offers the following transfer switch options:

·         Do I Really Need One?

  • Transfer switches are a required component for your home backup power system. Without a transfer switch your generator wouldn’t know to turn on and supply power to your home during a power outage. The transfer switch also tells the generator’s power supply which circuits need power.