Friday, November 2, 2012

Powering Your Home with an Emergency Backup System

Emergency Generator with Transfer Switch

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those impacted by Hurricane Sandy. We hope that you and your family are safe and doing well in this time of recovery. With the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, A&E has seen a lot of damaged homes in the area and we thought it would be helpful to bring to your attention ways in which you can prepare your home from power outages and flooding.   

Because of the high demand for generators after Hurricane Sandy, we recommend buying a generator as soon as possible. An emergency backup system with a transfer switch outlet will allow you to power your primary circuits such as heat, sump pump, well pump, refrigerator, lighting, or the T.V.  

Transfer Switch System
Installing an emergency backup system with a transfer switch is safer and more convenient than running multiple extension cords around your home. Unlike with extension cords, a transfer switch system can run devices that are not connected to a cord such as heaters and well pumps. 

When your power returns, other appliances or lights that are not run through the emergency generator will turn on; thus alerting you to flip the transfer switch back to the normal position.

Transfer Switch
Transfer switches have the capacity for either 6 circuits or 10 circuits. You will also need a good portable generator that produces about 7500 watts/30 amps in order to run up to 10 circuits.

A good portable generator will cost anywhere from $800 to $1500 and can be purchased online and delivered directly to your home.
A&E has already purchased some materials for installing emergency backup systems so if you need advice on selecting a generator or you would like to install a system, please contact us.

If your home is prone to drainage and flooding issues or if you are worried about flooding during future storms, a sump pump system can be an effective way to combat water problems.  With an emergency backup system, you can run your sump pump system even when you lose power. For an in-depth overview of sump pump systems, read our previous blog post on preventing flooding.  

Don't hesitate to contact A&E for information on purchasing a portable generator or if you have any questions on installing an emergency backup system or sump pump system in your home.