A generator is a machine that can provide electricity to your home in the case of a power outage. This can allow you to keep using some critical household appliances in the event of an emergency.
A generator transfer panel allows one to feed power from a portable generator to the entire load center and manually select which circuits he wants to run during a power outage – up to the maximum wattage of the generator.
The generator should be at least 15 feet from the house to prevent exhaust fumes from entering through windows, doors, and air conditioners. You should also install a carbon dioxide detector in a nearby enclosed space to monitor levels. Also keep at least 3 feet of clearance on all sides for adequate cooling and access to controls. Last but not least store the generator in a well-vented shed or other protected area.
- Check the oil at the start of the winter and summer seasons and replace the oil and inspect the air filter once a year.
- Check all of the connections on your generator for stability.
- Run the generator once every few months to ensure that it will start when you need it.