Your generator is designed to recognize when the power to your home has been disrupted. This includes more situations than just severe weather. For example, maybe nearby construction work has damaged power lines or an unexpected surge has overloaded the electrical grid. Whatever the reason, a generator responds immediately to limit the amount of time your home is left without power.
Once a disruption is detected, the generator automatically starts running, using an automatic transfer switch to deliver the generator’s power to the rest of your home. It will continue to do so for as long as the main power supply is down. As soon as power is restored, your generator detects the change and switches back to standby mode.
Newer home generators, like models from Generac and Honeywell, are packed with modern features designed for convenience and safety. With Wi-Fi connectivity, you can monitor your generator remotely from your smartphone, tablet or PC. Modern generators can also test themselves periodically to ensure they’re ready when needed.