Written by TDR Electric in Vancouver
Standby Generators are becoming increasingly more common in businesses and residential homes. A standby generator, though like a portable generator, provides uninterrupted electrical power for days when a power outage occurs. The generators are directly connected to the building’s power supply and operate automatically via a transfer switch.
Home Standby Generators are directly connected to the home electrical panel. This is why the generators can automatically switch to start-up; as they are able to detect an interrupted service. Most home generators are fueled by diesel, natural gas or liquid propane gas.
Once the power is returned, the generator will automatically reconnect your house to the main electrical panel, again, providing uninterrupted electrical power to the building.
Proper maintenance of a standby generator is important as it is something that most people will rely on when in need. Remember to always read and follow the instructions in the manual. It is also recommended that when the generator is in use, you check the engine oil and run it at no more than 75% of its capacity. If the standby generator is overworked or there is some deficiency with the motor, it may be time to replace it.
Choosing a generator for you:
Choosing a home standby generator will depend on each individual needs. Things to consider are what is important to you when there is a power outage. Common items include things such as fridge and heating, but more complicated items may also be on the list. However, some items may require permits, inspections, proper installation and may need an activation. An experienced electrician in Vancouver can help start the process of installing a home standby generator so that you are ready for the next power outage.