Setting up a Permanent Standby Generator

Permanent emergency generators are small power generating units that can be permanently installed outside any home or business. Permanent emergency generators can be used in the event of a grid failure to provide reliable power for the building to which they are connected.

Differences Between Standby and Portable

Backup generators differ from smaller portable generators in that they are “permanent” installations and should not be moved once installed in one location. Having permanent backup generators in Glenview will offer a number of advantages over smaller portable generators. Since standby generators are not intended to be moved, they can incorporate sound dampeners. In addition, these units are larger, allowing them to generate increased power. Another advantage of their increased size and mass is that they are able to resist unfavorable weather conditions where a normal portable generator could be put out of commission.

How Do They Work?

Backup generators operate using gas, diesel or propane to power an engine that generates electricity. Normally, the generator is connected to the home by a transfer switch that interfaces with the main electrical panel of a structure. Smaller generators can produce as little as a few hundred watts of power, while large industrial generators can produce hundreds of thousands of watts of power.

They Provide Energy

In the event of a power failure, the transfer switch automatically isolates the house from incoming power lines to prevent electricity from backup up onto the lines. This is dangerous to power company workers. After a countdown of about 8 seconds, the generator starts a heating cycle. When the generator is warmed up, the transfer switch switches the generator power to the main electrical panel and restores power to the circuits to which it is connected. When the utility power is restored in your home, the automatic transfer switch to main power and isolates the standby generator, avoiding any possibility of electrical feedback. Now that the backup generator is isolated, it turns off, starts to cool down and reliably waits for the next power failure.