How Does a Backup Generator Work?


How Does a Backup Generator Work?

For Michigan homeowners who have never used a generator, understanding how it works and the concept of backup power can be confusing. Understanding how backup power works will help make your decision to purchase a generator that much easier! We have offered a quick lesson below.

Your local utility company provides your home with electricity. However, a storm containing strong winds, ice, sleet, or even heavy snow can cause a power line to go down, or a tree/tree limb may fall on a line and cause you to lose power. There are many reasons the power may be interrupted, but the result is the same – you are left in the dark. By having a standby generator, you will have power back in mere seconds. These generators are equipped with automatic transfer switches that “sense” when the power is off, causing the generator to start up automatically. This means that you have electricity to power your home once again! Once the power has been restored to your home, the standby generator shuts off automatically, as the automatic transfer switch senses that the power has been restored.

In certain situations, it may be necessary to include a load control module in the system, as some homes have a heavier electrical draw; this module will prevent your generator from becoming overloaded. You determine the priority in which you want your appliances/electronics or other electrical equipment to be powered, and the load control module directs the power based on the preferences you chose upon installation of your generator. In a nutshell, that is it!

Standby generators work automatically, without your assistance. This means that regardless of whether you are at home or away from home when the power goes out, your generator will keep your home running. If you are worried about safety, Kohler home standby generators are extremely safe and reliable. Also, tech-savvy customers will love the fact that the Kohler OnCue Generator Management System will send email or text messages to inform you that your home has lost power, or even that your generator has shut off or running. You can be comfortable in the knowledge of what’s going on at your home, even when you are not there! This system also alerts you when it is time for maintenance on your generator.

At Haley Mechanical, we offer Kohler whole home standby generators that are installed by trained and highly qualified technicians who are ready to help make your home “storm proof.” We will work with you to ensure you have the right size generator to power your home so that you are never left in the dark and without power again! Give us a call today, and let us help you keep the power going no matter what Mother Nature throws our way this winter season.

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