Installing a standby generator means that you’ll have a reliable source of backup power in the event of a power outage. However, the generator itself is only one part of the power source. Your generator also needs to know when to turn on so that you enjoy an uninterrupted flow of power. That’s where automatic transfer switches (ATS) come in.
WHAT IS AN AUTOMATIC TRANSFER SWITCH?
An automatic transfer switch is a power switching device that constantly monitors your electricity levels. When electricity levels fall below a certain threshold, the switch will send a signal to start your generator and automatically transfer the load circuit to your generator, switching your home's power source from the utility grid to backup generator power. With a KOHLER standby generator and automatic transfer switch, this process takes approximately 10 seconds, so you're never in the dark for long. An ATS also increases the safety of your generator, keeping your backup power automatic and “hands-off” and preventing you from having to go out into potentially dangerous weather to start your generator.
An ATS also increases the safety of your generator, preventing power surges and keeping you from having to go out into potentially dangerous weather to start your generator.
WHAT DOES AN AUTOMATIC TRANSFER SWITCH DO?
The process an automatic transfer switch initiates is simple:
- The normal utility power source, such as the power grid, fails.
- The ATS automatically monitors utility loss and sends a signal to the generator to start.
- Once the generator has sufficient power to support the home, the automatic transfer switch shifts the load to the emergency power source. During this step, the ATS also monitors voltage and frequency tolerances to make sure the system isn't overloaded.
- When the utility is restored, the load is automatically moved from the emergency power source back to the primary power source.
- The ATS sends a signal to your generator to cool down and safely shut itself off.
WHY YOU NEED AN AUTOMATIC TRANSFER SWITCH
An automatic transfer switch monitors your power sources constantly. With an automatic transfer switch, your standby generator can automatically switch on and off as needed during a power outage so that there’s no need for you to manually turn on the generator. This makes it both easier and safer to use your generator.
WHICH TYPE OF AUTOMATIC TRANSFER SWITCH WORKS FOR ME?
It's a good idea to have an authorized KOHLER dealer perform an onsite analysis to determine which and transfer switch offer the best solution for your home.
There are several options available for automatic transfer switches:
- Service-entry-rated or not: A service-entry-rated switch comes equipped with a main-line disconnect breaker built into the transfer switch. This is a nationwide code requirement when the transfer switch is wired directly into the incoming main power line for whole-house power. A non-service-entry-rated switch requires the addition of a disconnect breaker at the jobsite. The service-entry-rated switch saves you time and money during the installation process.
- Phase and amperage rating: Your installer will help you choose the correct phase (single- or three-phase) and amp rating (100 to 800 amps) to match your generator and code requirements.
Your authorized Kohler dealer will offer insight into which type of ATS will work best with your generator, and you’ll be able to order it directly through them when you order your generator. It’s important to note that the automatic transfer switch will be sold separately from the generator (unless you purchase it in a package), so you’ll need to incorporate that cost into your budget. You can find the MSRP for our automatic transfer switches here.
HOW TO WIRE AN AUTOMATIC TRANSFER SWITCH
The installation of an automatic transfer switch is complicated and should be left to a Kohler authorized dealer. This ensures that your ATS functions properly and prevents any accidents that could occur when attempting the technical installation process. In addition, having it installed with your generator by a professional ensures that it’s properly connected to and compatible with your generator. The automatic transfer switch will be connected to your home through your electrical panel so that it is directly connected to your home’s power source and can monitor power levels accordingly.
A KOHLER GENERATOR WITH AN ATS IS THE GOLD STANDARD IN BACKUP POWER
Choosing your generator is only the first step in having reliable backup power. Knowing that your standby generator can turn on and off automatically without having to manually start your system is the perfect way to enjoy full peace of mind from your backup power source. Explore our automatic transfer switches and talk to your Kohler authorized dealer about how you can select a system that works for your home.
August 8, 2023 6:47 PM