Backup Generators

Anyone who’s ever experienced an emergency power failure knows that time is of the essence when it comes to getting the lights back on and the HVAC unit and refrigerator humming again. This is especially true for businesses whose profits are at stake when their power is out and doors have to remain closed. And as Nashville residents who have lived through extreme weather like floods, ice storms, and tornadoes, we understand that the last thing you need when Mother Nature isn’t cooperating is a cold, dark house.

A backup power generator, which will be permanently installed outside your office will circumvent these types of problems by switching on when you lose power. It is crucial that your backup generator be professionally installed, as installing it on your own may not only void the unit’s warranty, but could also mean an incorrect installation, rendering it ineffectual.

What Kind Of Generator Do I Need?

Many of our customers are confused about what kind of generator they need. A couple of common questions are:

  • Will a portable generator or a standby generator best suit my needs?
  • Is an automatic transfer switch really necessary?

We find that many of our customers are daunted, too, by electrical terms like watts, volts, and amps. That’s where we come in.

Schaffhouser Electric knows generators, and we can help you assess your power needs so that you get the right generator for you. We’ll help you understand how your generator works and install it so that you can feel confident that it will run properly and safely the next time your power goes out.

How Does A Backup Generator Work?

Your backup generator will be mounted on a concrete pad or on a plastic mounting mad outside your business. Wired directly into your electrical system, a backup generator will switch on in the event of a power outage, providing power directly to your circuit breaker box. Depending on whether or not you have an automatic transfer switch or a regular transfer switch, you may or may not have to turn on your generator yourself. An automatic generator will turn on within a few seconds of your power going out, without you having to do anything. This will occur whether you’re there or away. When utility power turns back on, your backup generator will automatically shut off, until the next outage.

Though some business owners choose to use a portable generator, the American Red Cross has stated that permanently installed backup generators are a safer option. This is because portable generators present a greater risk of exposing homes to carbon monoxide poisoning. Another advantage to an automatic generator as opposed to a portable generator is that you don’t have to deal with the hassle of hauling a generator outside, running extension cords, or turning the generator on in the first place. A backup generator with an automatic transfer switch will assure you that your power is always on, regardless of whether or not you are on the property.

To schedule an appointment to have your generator installed or serviced by the experts at Schaffhouser Electric, call 615-325-8082 or request an estimate or make an inquiry.