How Do Automatic Standby Generators Work?

How Do Automatic Standby Generators Work?


Cape Cod generator sales installationWhat is an electric generator?


An electric generator is a device that converts mechanical energy obtained from an external force into electrical energy. It does not create energy. Generators operate on various types of fuels that power the mechanical energy of the engine. The engine’s mechanical energy is converted to electrical energy by the alternator.


How does an automatic standby generator “know” when to turn itself on and off?


The electrical power produced by your automatic standby generator is regulated by a transfer switch. The transfer switch is an electrical panel permanently installed near your main breaker panel. It allows you to safely connect your generator to your home’s electrical circuits and constantly monitors incoming utility power. If utility power fails the transfer switch switches to emergency generator power. The transfer switch also recognizes when utility power is restored and switches your electrical system back to utility power.


What fuel does an automatic standby generator use?


Unlike portable generators that run mostly on gasoline, automatic standby generators typically run on your home’s natural gas or propane system. If you have natural gas service your generator will have unlimited run time. If your generator runs on propane you will have power until you run out of gas. Unlike a smaller portable generator’s gas tank, propane tanks usually provide a minimum of four days run time.


Do automatic backup generators require maintenance?


All generators require periodic oil and filter changes for maximum performance. With regular simple maintenance automatic backup generators can run reliably for decades.


Are there benefits in choosing an automatic standby generator over portable generators for emergency power?


As mentioned, automatic standby generators are integrated with your home’s electrical system. There is no need for you to hook anything up in case of a power failure. You don’t need to fire up anything or run extension cords through your home. Automatic standby generators offer worry-free 24/7 protection whether or not you are at home. They come on when the power goes out, and turn off when power is restored.  Not only do they run longer than portable generators, they run cleaner and quieter. Because of their larger output you can choose your coverage at installation and know that what you want running during a power failure will be.


Why choose a Generac automatic standby generator and transfer switch?


Generac is the most trusted name in residential standby power. Because they manufacture their own transfer switches, you can be sure they integrate seamlessly with their generators to create the perfect electrical backup system. With six lines of automatic standby generators they offer more options than any other manufacturer, so you can customize the best system to meet your needs. Whether it’s complete whole house, managed whole house, or essential circuit coverage you need, Generac has the generator and transfer to get the job done.


Why choose William Longo Electric?


William Longo Electric is an authorized dealer of best-selling and reliable Generac automatic and portable generators. We have the knowledge and experience to help you choose the right generator and system to fit your needs. Our goal is to provide a stress-free experience for each and every customer. We provide products and service you can rely on.