Connecting a generator to your home
A generator is the main equipment too many people's emergency preparedness plans. But how to power the house when the grid is down is a big question mark. Connecting a generator to your home is not so easy as you may think. This is not because of complex equipment. It is mainly about safety. A little mistake in the installation can compromise the security of the people working on electrical installation right closer to you (just read this article about back-feeding). Let us consider the case when a power outages last for many days. Maintaining submersible pump operating to keep the basement dry is certainly a mandatory requirement. But maintaining the AC power to freezers, preventing food to deteriorate, is a big concern as well. What about other important issues related to power outages? Too many to describe. Let’s assume you have found a portable generator, but you are not able to connect it to your house, what to do? What about if you do not have a technical background and knowledge about electric matter. The best way is to prevent these situations by connecting a generator to your house via a state-of-art Automatic Transfer Switch like the EVOLVE control panel.
How does an automatic transfer switch work
The automatic transfer switch (ATS) will detect a power loss, it will start your standby generator and will automatically connect your households to the generator. Today the cost of this equipment is affordable. The EVOLVE ATS panel (*) can work well with a normal portable generator. Having a stable, dedicated standby generator is no longer mandatory. This web page provides you some key information and recommendations.
[A] Block diagram without a generator  Mains supply / Mains breaker box  House connection  Your House
[B] Block diagram with a generator  Mains supply / Mains breaker box  House connection  Your House  Standby generator  EVOLVE panel
(*) AUTOMATIC TRANSFER SWITCH, OR SO CALLED 'ATS panel'
It is an electrical device, normally enclosed in a plastic box, that is installed closer to your electrical panel in your home. It connects to the circuits in your electrical panel that you wish to power during an electrical outage. This allows you to power the circuits by connecting the generator to the transfer switch, instead of having to run extension cords to various households.