Home Standby Generator System has two main components:
A generator set to produce the power needed to run your
essential home systems; usually installed outdoors.
An automatic transfer switch that immediately senses
when utility power has been interrupted, transferring
responsibility to the generator; generally installed
is a basic description of how these components operate
to provide you with the comfort and convenience your
family depends on. Please note that this is an overview
only. For specific questions about operation please
contact a DirectPower Generators representitive.
Utility Power Mode: Under normal circumstances when
utility power is available, utility power runs through
the transfer switch and connects the power to the distribution
panel and then to all the electrical loads in a home.
The existing electrical system is not compromised in
any way by integrating an automatic standby power system
in a home. A battery charger is powered by the utility
to keep the starting battery in the generator set charged.
Outage Occurs: The generator system continually
monitors incoming power from the utility line. When
the utility power is interrupted, the automatic transfer
switch senses the problem and signals the generator
to start. The system will then safely close off the
utility line and open a new power line from the generator.
Within seconds and with nothing required of the home
owner, your generator will begin supplying power to
your pre-selected circuits. When utility power has returned
to a steady state, the system will re-transfer the electrical
load back to the utility source and then begin monitoring
for subsequent power outages.
Exercise Cycle: The generator will be exercised
weekly for system readiness. The time of day can be
set for the system to operate and it will automatically
start and run for a preset period of time. During this
exercise period, the power available from the generator
set WILL NOT be connected to the home, and utility power
will not be interrupted.