When considering the purchase of a generator for home back up use, you should also think about installing a transfer switch device. A professionally installed transfer switch makes using your generator easy and safe.
A transfer switch is an electrical device that is installed next 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 these circuits by connecting the generator to the transfer switch, instead of having to run extension cords to various items.
A transfer switch is the only safe way to directly connect the generator to your home.
A transfer switch isolates selected circuits your home from the power lines. This prevents back-feed, which occurs when power goes back down the utility lines.
Back-feed can not only damage the generator, but has the potential to cause a fire.
Even worse, back-feed could electrocute any technicians who are working on the lines - causing injury or even death.
A transfer switch is the easiest way to power your home during an outage.
Running extension cords to and from appliances can be awkward and time consuming. A transfer switch lets you use your home's wiring system to power any appliance in your home with your generator quickly and easily.
A transfer switch can increase the usefulness of your generator.
A transfer switch makes power management very easy to do. You can easily turn on and off various circuits to accommodate changing power needs.
This helps you to use a smaller, less expensive generator to meet your power needs. It lets you use your generator more efficiently - with less effort on your part.
Honda has a wide variety of transfer switches available to meet many different needs. Talk with your dealer to help you make the right selection for your needs.
- Manual models
- Automatic (Universal) Transfer Switch
- Manual Switches:
When the utility power goes out:
- Connect the generator cord to the transfer switch or inlet box.
- Turn off all the circuit breakers in the transfer switch to the off position.
- Start the generator and let it warm up.
- Flip the main breakers in the transfer switch to the Generator position.
- Turn on the circuits you wish to power, one at a time. This will help to prevent the generator from being overloaded.
When the power is restored:
- Turn the main breakers in the transfer switch back to Utility Power.
- Turn on any other circuits that were turned off.
- Turn off the generator.
- Disconnect any cords.
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