Considering installing a backup generator for your home?
With all the rain and unpredictable weather we have been
having in Michigan this year, many people have been asking
about backup electrical generators. We thought we would
compile a handy resource for our clients considering whether a
backup generator is a good move for them.
What is a home backup generator?
Backup generators, also called standby generators, are a
backup source of power when the city utilities are
unavailable. Unlike portable generators, home generators are
installed permanently within your home’s electrical system.
They are usually installed on a cement pad in your backyard or
beside your home. Generators have an external (non-electric)
fuel source, usually natural gas (if your municipality allows
it), diesel or propane (which are stored in tanks somewhere on
Who are backup generators for?
Home generators give essential backup energy during a power
outage or crisis. That could be for those that depend on it
for income (especially small or home businesses) and for many
people who may need continuous power to home medical
equipment. Home generators could also be life-saving for
families with small children or elderly members that need
temperature control in the severely hot or cold months of the
Backup generator installation
Home generators are not a DIY project. They are not as simply
plugged in like a portable generator — they are wired directly
into a home’s power source. Be sure to hire AMS or another
professional electrician to do this. We’re sure that you
faithfully bring your car in for regular maintenance, and your
home generator (also a big engine) needs regular maintenance
too — especially after they have been in use for over 24-48
Thankfully, any generators that AMS installs, we can
Can a backup generator add value to my home?
Besides adding significant value to your home, a home
generator gives you peace of mind and emergency preparedness.
If you decide a home generator is a good choice, your family
(and your freezer) will thank you for your foresight. Please
call us for a custom estimate.
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How do backup generators work?
Backup generators are not just a motor to keep the air on,
they are also an important safety mechanism. They have a
safety switch, called a “transfer switch”, which detects an
interruption of regular service. Once an interrupt is
detected, they safely disconnect the home’s power source
from the city’s lines and connect it to the gas-powered
motor to provide power to a few circuits at a time; or they
can be set up to comfortably power the entire home. When the
power comes back on, the transfer switch disconnects the
home’s power from the generator and reconnects to the city’s
Importantly, this disconnection prevents feed-back
electricity going back to the city lines and potentially
injuring or killing workers trying to get the city utilities
back and running.