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re-fueled every 5-8 hours, and most are not large enough to
power the entire home.

the utility power grid. A generator switch should be sized and
installed by a qualified electrician.

Standby generators, are permanently fixed to your home
system, much like an outdoor unit for air conditioning.
These generators are permanently connected to a home
fuel source, (such as propane or natural gas), and operate
using an automatic transfer switch (ATS). They are designed
to automatically start after a power outage is detected and
automatically turn off when utility power has been restored.
The ATS controls the power to the whole house or to critical circuits, which are chosen depending on the size of the
generator. The advantages of having a standby generator
include: automatic set up for emergency, quiet design, and
they give peace of mind, whether home or away that your
home systems are running. However, standby generators
can be expensive to install and they must be maintained
annually.

Location-where should I install my generator? There are
several issues to think about when considering where to
install your generator. First, one must consider proximity to
the electric and fuel source. For a PTO driven or portable
generator, the location must be easily accessible in inclement
weather and near a readily available fuel source. In a storm
or power outage, you may not be concerned about how the
generator looks from the street or neighbors house. However,
during normal operations, (especially for a standby generator)
aesthetics may influence location. Finally, even though stand
by generators are designed to reduce noise, noise plays a
part in location consideration. You may not want to install a
generator close to a bedroom or living room if power is out
for several days. It's also recommended to place your generator 5 feet away from any window or vent and 18 inches away
from the house to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning and fire
hazards.

How do I connect my generator to the electrical system?
A generator is connected through a permanently installed
switch. A standby generator switch automatically connects
to your power. PTO drive or portable generators have a
manual switch and the connection is normally through an
extension cord and a specialized outlet. For a smaller, portable generator, a panel is installed to focus on the critical
circuits that need to be powered. This generator panel may
have a switch installed in it or may utilize a breaker interlock
to change power sources. For a larger generator, a manual
switch, designed to control the power to your main panel,
can be used to ensure that voltage will not be fed back into

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