Wilmington Standby Generator FAQ

 
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WHAT IS AN AUTOMATIC STANDBY GENERATOR?

An automatic standby generator is a backup electrical system that operates whether you are home or away. Within seconds of an outage, the automatic transfer switch senses the loss of power, and starts the generator, automatically supplying power directly to your home’s electrical circuit breaker box. After utility power returns, the automatic transfer switch transfers the electrical load back to utility power and signals the generator to shut itself off and wait for the next outage. It operates on natural gas or liquid propane gas and sits outside just like a central air conditioning unit.

HOME STANDBY vs. PORTABLE

During a utility power outage, an automatic standby generator provides numerous advantages over a portable generator:

  • The American Red Cross recommends permanently installed standby generators as a safer way to provide backup power to a home than a portable generator.

  • With an automatic standby generator properly installed outside, your home is protected from deadly carbon monoxide poisoning that is a much greater risk with portable generators.

  • Running on the home’s natural gas or LP fuel supply, it is less expensive to run than gasoline and does not need to be refilled.

  • They start automatically within seconds of a power outage, and eliminate the need to haul a portable generator outside or run extension cords throughout your home.

  • They provide protection 24/7, whether you’re home or away, and they turn themselves off when utility power returns, so there is no need to monitor the unit during an outage.

HOW DO I DETERMINE THE APPROPRIATE SIZE OF MY GENERATOR?

Once you have contacted us, we set up a time with you to perform a complimentary walk-through to determine your power needs. We discuss your budget as well as your desired coverage in the event of a power outage.

 
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Wilmington Standby Generator FAQ