If you're considering investing in a generator for your home or business, you'll need to know about transfer switches. According to Popular Mechanics, a transfer switch is essential because it electrically isolates your building or home from the generator. This is important to have, especially after a major storm when the repair crews and linemen show up to restore the power. The switch will also prevent back-feeding electricity back onto the electrical grid, which could start a fire. Let's look closer at how transfer switches work.

Transfer Switches Are Similar to Circuit Breakers

The transfer switch is what produces power from your generators to your appliances, circumventing the main power grid. It also allows you to cut off the flow of electricity. Generators are mainly used following major storms that cause power outages. You'll need to have control over the flow of electricity when the crews show up to repair the powerlines.

You'll Need Lead Time

Just as there's little generator inventory as storm season nears, you'll be hard-pressed to find transfer switches, too. There's the added complication that these switches should be installed by a professional electrician. As the storm season approaches, they'll have fewer appointments available, so be sure to plan accordingly. With your transfer switch in place, you'll have an alternative source of power that's safe and reliable. Now is an ideal time to get everything organized and in place without having to rush around.

A Transfer Switch Eliminates the Need for Extension Cords

If you choose to have a transfer switch installed, you can say goodbye to unsightly, and potentially dangerous, extension cords. These cords are necessary to bring electricity into your home or commercial building. In order to avoid overloading the system, it's important to use a different cord for each major appliance. Anything that's been hardwired directly to your circuit board can't be powered by your generator; four-plug connections will also be impossible. This means that any electric appliance requiring a 220-volt connection will need a transfer switch. To use your generators for everything, you'll need a transfer switch.

If you have a generator that needs repair, or you want to buy a generator for your home or commercial building, give us a call. We'll set up an appointment to review your needs and find you the right equipment. We look forward to hearing from you soon!


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