Fall has arrived, and the cold weather is on its way. Now is the time to inspect your outdoor power equipment and get it ready before winter arrives. Rev up your snowblower, chainsaw and generator, and make sure all are in good working order. Be well-prepared for snow and ice storms and the power outages that follow.
When the lights go out, the most important piece of power equipment you can have for your home is a properly installed Honda generator.
Honda makes generators of different sizes and power strengths to meet your home’s specific power needs. They are classified as “super quiet,” “deluxe,” “economy,” and “industrial,” and they start at 1,000 watts and go all the way up to 10,000 watts.
Selecting the right size generator helps guard you against losing heat, lights, food, and water so you and your family stay safe and warm.
Things to Know About Installing Your Generator
In order to properly connect a generator to your home, you’ll need to have a qualified electrician install a transfer switch next to your electrical panel.
Manual Transfer Switch
This is an easy-to-use and less-expensive option for manually turning circuits on and off to manage power load and to prevent generator overload. You’ll also need an entry panel mounted on the outside of your house.
Universal Transfer Switch
This device is fully automatic and programmed to adjust power flow and prevent overload. It makes power management easier for a homeowner by eliminating the need to manually control circuits and monitor power load.
A universal transfer switch is a more expensive option due to the cost of installation and extra equipment. However, it is an excellent option for those who are away during the day or for longer periods of time.
- A UTS monitors the system and automatically reconnects your home to electricity and disconnects from the generator when the power comes back on.
- The UTS is also used with a UPS (Uninterruptible Power Source), which provides temporary back-up before starting the generator.
Talk to your neighborhood Honda generator dealer for detailed information on which Honda generator is best for your home.