Living in the Midwest, you’re no stranger to power outages. As a result, you’ve probably invested in a generator for your home, whether it’s a standby generator or a portable generator. The reality is that they are an essential addition to any home.
But are there ways to save some money when investing in a generator for your home? Some people may suggest finding alternatives to buying certain accessories sold with a generator, such as a transfer switch.
What is a Transfer Switch?
According to ConsumerReports.org, transfer switches are like “miniature circuit breaker panels that draw electricity from your generator instead of the power company. When electric service is out in your area, you plug your portable generator into an outdoor outlet that’s connected, through the house, to a transfer switch inside.”
Why is a Transfer Switch Necessary?
There are a couple of reasons you should purchase and install a transfer switch with your generator.
One of the reasons you need either a manual or automatic transfer switch is to avoid connecting every single appliance to your generator every time you need it. Doing this during a power outage is less efficient and less effective.
In some situations, a transfer switch may not be necessary per se; it can prevent physical harm, electrical fires, and even the damage of the high-powered equipment in your home. When the power goes out, the massive load carried by such equipment is kept under control.
When is it Necessary to Connect a Generator to Your Home Without a Transfer Switch?
While it’s unsafe to connect your generator directly to your home, it may be necessary during specific emergencies that can arise. For example, you may need to connect your generator directly if you’ve recently purchased a generator and a power outage occurs before a generator-certified technician can install it.
Let’s consider the safest way to connect a generator to your house without a transfer switch.
Steps to Connect a Generator to a House Without a Transfer Switch
Before making any connections between your home and generator, make sure that you shut off your main circuit breaker any branch breakers, and you can even go the extra step and shut off the primary source of power to your home.
Step 1: You Need an Outlet Utility Box
Cut out the space in your wall where you want to install the outlet utility box for your generator outlet. Using a waterproof box on the outside of the wall will protect your end plug from any possible damage.
Step 2: Run Generator Cables to the Outlet
Create the opening through which you can run the generator cables. Once you pass the cables through the hole into your house, use the wires to assemble an outlet kit. Remember to seal the exterior and interior of the hole to ensure it’s waterproof.
Step 3: Connect Your Generator
Once you’ve completed these steps, it’s time to connect your generator and test the connection.
Let an Expert Install a Generator For Your Home
Although following these steps will allow you to connect your generator to your home without a transfer switch, you should always hire a generator-certified technician to do the job for you. Working with electricity can be very dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing.
Midwest Generator Solutions specializes in installing, maintaining, and repairing home and commercial standby generators and emergency backup generators in Indiana. With more than five years of experience with generators, we are eager to provide the best solution for your issues with power outages.
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