Making the choice between using an automatic transfer switch, or a manual one can be confusing if you aren’t familiar with the pros and cons of each. It’s pretty much as easy as either flipping a switch, or not needing to. In the event of a power outage, if you have a stationary or standby generator, they are fully equipped with an automatic transfer switch meaning, the backup generator will come on automatically when the power goes out, and you don’t need to worry about a thing. A manual switch is just that; manual. They safely and easily allow you to switch between your “line”power source and your “back-up” power.
Using a manual transfer switch during a power outage is easy if you follow these simple steps:
- Turn all circuits off in the transfer switch.
- Connect the generator to the transfer switch using a gen cord.
- Start the generator and let it warm up, this must be done outside.
- Switch the main breakers in the transfer switch from “Line” to “Generator” power.
- Turn on the circuits you want to power,one at a time to make sure the generator does not get overloaded.
Once the power is restored:
- Switch the main breakers in the transfer switch back to “Line” power.
- Turn off the machine.
- Disconnect cords that are attached to the machine.
Using an automatic transfer switch is as easy as having it installed, and letting it transfer from a normal power source to backup power without you having to lift a finger. It automatically transfers back to your normal power source once power is restored. These switches stay connected so that you are always covered in the event of a power outage. Having peace of mind that your family is safe and warm is made as easy as possible with the use of an automatic transfer switch.
To learn more about transfer switches and which choice is the best for you, call or email us today and one of our trained technicians would be more than happy to assist you in making the right decision!