In this episode, we will discuss Automatic Transfer Switches.
What is an Automatic Transfer Switch?
Do you really need one?
What is the difference between them?
How do they work?
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Hi, thanks for joining us and welcome to our generator podcast. In this episode, we will discuss automatic transfer switches. We will answer the following questions. What is an automatic transfer switch? Do you really need one? And what is the difference between them?Speaker 2:
An automatic transfer switches also known as an ATS. It is a self acting intelligent electrical switch. It is used to connect a generator to your home safely. It's job is to monitor utility power for outages or any instability when needed. It can automatically turn on your generator and safely connect it to your home. It does so without ever backfeeding power to the utility company, backfeeding is the sending of power back through the utility lines that may electrocute workers that come into contact with the utility lines. Backfeeding can also short circuit your generator when the utility power comes back on and cause it to catch fire. So using a transfer switch prevents two different power sources from ever being connected together. It is also a requirement under the national electrical code, as it is the only safe way to connect a generator to your home. So let me explain how it works. And ATS uses microprocessor based control, logic. It continually monitors, specific electrical parameters, such as voltage and frequency. When the ATS detects a power failure or some instability, it will signal the generator to turn on. Once the generator has started, the ATS will automatically disconnect the home from the normal utility power and switch it to the generator. Instead as a general rule, most automatic transfer switches seek connection to the primary power source. In this case, the utility power, it will do this by default, and we'll only connect to the alternate power source such as your generator when required such as the utility power has failed, or if you tell it to do so. A transfer switch is normally connected between your utility company meter and your electrical panel because your panel can be either indoors or outdoors. There is also ones rated for exposure to rain and snow and less expensive models for indoor use only when shopping for a quality transfer switch. Keep in mind that they act as the brain of your entire electrical system. Try and avoid transfer switches that some companies include with a generator. These types often depend on the generator to work. It should be the other way around. The biggest complaint is that they do not work with other generators and they are forced to buy the same brand equipment. Instead of having something compatible with other brands. That's all we have to say about automatic transfer switches. In this episode, if you would like to learn more about generators, simply follow our podcasts. You can also visit firstname.lastname@example.org.