Safely Connect A Portable Generator To Your Home With GenerLink.
We’ve considered the importance of having a reliable whole home generator for your house in CT, especially if the home is left unattended for long periods of time.
But what if you already own a portable generator and want a safe and convenient way to be able to connect it to your home? The main concerns about hooking up a generator to power your home in the event of an outage or emergency are primarily as regards to safety.
What About “Backfeeding?”
Connecting your portable generator to an appliance outlet and running power backward through the electrical system, known as backfeeding, distributes unbalanced and inefficient electrical loads into your home, possibly damaging systems and appliances, puts an additional strain on your generator, and can be extremely dangerous, even life-threatening.
If the main breaker in your home is not properly shut off, backfeeding electricity will also transfer power to the utility lines outside your property and this could potentially electrocute and kill you, a family member, or an unsuspecting maintenance worker trying to restore power. This could even result in criminal prosecution. The short answer when considering whether or not to backfeed? Don’t.
The Portable Generator Home Solution: GenerLink
When installed correctly, there IS a safe and reliable way to connect a portable generator to your home in just minutes. We recommend and install GenerLink transfer switches for this kind of scenario. The GenerLink device is UL-listed and socket-mounted, installed behind your electric meter.
Instead of attempting a dangerous and potentially illegal backfeed, GenerLink allows you to quickly and easily deliver power directly to your breaker box. This eliminates the hassle of electrical cords running throughout your house. Additionally, units with Bluetooth capability can automatically notify you when utility power has been restored to your property, right on your smartphone! Best of all, it’s perfectly safe, completely legal, and meets the highest manufacturing standards.
With a potentially stormy winter season approaching, get in touch with us today to see if GenerLink is right for your home. If you have any questions about installation or use, we’re here to help you through the entire process!