Automatic Backup Systems
Spokane Generators specializes in automatic generator backup systems with load shedding technology. In the past, standby generators needed to be big enough to supply emergency power to your whole house at once, or you could connect only the essential circuits that you really couldn't live without. When a generator was installed that was not big enough to handle the entire household at once, the installer would connect the essential loads to a separate emergency panel powered by the generator. That's no longer the case, thanks to the ability of modern generators to initiate a process called load shedding.
What is Load Shedding?
Load shedding is when an electrical generator sheds part of its load to enable it to operate more smoothly. If you can imagine this process being applied to a mainstream power supply, it usually would cause rolling blackouts, particularly in areas where electrical demand can't be predicted accurately. When you apply this load shedding process to your home standby generator, however, it means that the generator disconnects or sheds particular circuits to prevent overuse of the equipment.
How it Works
When you have a power outage for any reason and your emergency power supply kicks in, all your circuits are connected automatically. As you use various appliances in the home, the load on the generator increases. If it reaches the point where the load is too much and the equipment is at risk of overheating, the system automatically sheds smaller circuits to reduce the load.
Benefits of Load Shedding
So how could the reduction of the load be a benefit to you, if you've installed a home standby generator to protect your power supply in times of emergency? There are several advantages of this:
• You won't be able to overload and damage your generator.
• You save money, because you don't need to install as large a generator as you might have previously, because the load shedding capability makes it possible for the equipment to manage the load.
• The automatic transfer switch installed with the generator controls the load shedding and enables the system to re-connect circuits as the load reduces, which means you don't have to do a thing.
The automatic transfer switch is the heart of your generator. Called a Load Transfer Switch (LTS), it's designed to work with the digital controls used on air- and liquid-cooled home standby generators in a variety of different sizes. It comes with its own aluminum housing for protection and a standard, built-in priority load center.
Don't wait until you have a power outage to start thinking about emergency power for your home. Contact Spokane Generators today for an estimate on the generator you need to keep your home and family safe even during a blackout.