What is an Automatic Transfer Switch?
November 16, 2023
An automatic transfer switch is a piece of equipment that automatically senses when your power goes out. It then switches your power source automatically into your whole home generator so you have uninterrupted power, no matter the situation! Learn more about what an automatic transfer switch is and how it works below:
How Do Automatic Transfer Switches Work?
Automatic transfer switches sense when electricity levels fall below a certain threshold. This, in turn, causes the switch to send a signal to your generator to start up. This process takes a total of about 10 seconds and ensures you are never in the dark for long!
Does an Automatic Transfer Switch Transfer Power Back Once Power Is Back On?
Automatic transfer switches don’t just work to turn your whole house generator on automatically. Once power is restored to your home, the automatic transfer switch will sense this. In an instant, your power source will be redirected from your whole home generator back to the grid without you having to do a thing.
Do All Generators Have Automatic Transfer Switches?
No, not all generators come with automatic transfer switches. Some generators require manual initiation, by pushing a button or rotating a switch for example. However, all Kohler whole-house generators can be installed with automatic transfer switches. That means as soon as the controller senses a loss of power, the switch will automatically switch over to using your whole home generator as a power source.
Is It Worth Buying a Generator with An Automatic Transfer Switch?
It’s well worth buying a whole home generator with an automatic transfer switch for the peace of mind it provides. Having an automatic transfer switch ensures your home is powered, even if you are miles away from home, without you ever having to check or press a button.
Can I Install an Automatic Transfer Switch On My Own?
No, all automatic transfer switch wiring should be completed by a certified electrician. The authorized Kohler dealers at Empowered Global will not only assist you with the installation of your automatic transfer switch, but they can also offer insight as to which type of automatic transfer switch will work best with your generator. If you don’t already have a generator, Empowered Global can simply order one for you when you order your whole home generator.