How to Connect a Generator to a House

Owning a generator is the best way to stay prepared when the power goes out, especially in the middle of the winter. Since they don’t get a ton of use, we’ve found that many Pennsylvania homeowners don’t fully understand how to connect a generator.

Fortunately for those who are inexperienced with their generator, we’re here to help. Continue reading to learn how to connect your generator, whether you’re utilizing extension cords, generator cords or power transfer systems.

Extension cords

Running extension cords from the unit to different appliances in your home is one of the easiest ways to use a generator. After moving the generator outside, simply connect the extension cords to the generator and the appliances you want to power. It’s important to note, however, that these cords don’t allow you to harness the full power of your unit.

Generator cords

For more efficient use of a midsized generator, we recommend buying a generator cord. Just like with an extension cord, just plug one end into the generator and the other split ends into the appliances you want to power. Again, be sure the generator is outside and at least 10 feet from your home before starting it.

Power transfer systems

Another one of the easy ways to connect a generator to a house in Pennsylvania is to install a power transfer system. A power transfer system allows you to power multiple circuits at once instead of individual appliances. All you need to do is connect a gen cord to the transfer switch, start the generator and then flip the main breakers in the transfer switch to “generator.” Then, simply turn on each circuit you’d like to power.

What type of generator do you need?

Now you know how to connect a generator in Pennsylvania—but that information isn’t very helpful if you don’t already own a generator! There are a few options to consider if you’re in the market for a generator:

  • Portable: A portable generator is perfect when you need to power a few appliances in an emergency. Since they’re typically pretty small, these units are also great for outdoor activities like camping or tailgating.
  • Inverter: For a power source that’s less noisy and more fuel efficient, consider an inverter generator. These units can convert power from AC to DC, so they’re great for RVs or battery-powered devices.
  • Whole house: If you want the ability to power every appliance in your house without interruption during a blackout, you’ll need a whole-home generator. These units are hardwired to your house and power everything through a power transfer system, as described above.

Be sure to get your generator from us!

Whether you’re looking to rent or buy a generator, be sure to get it from Central Equipment Company. We have a wide range of products, and our staff members are always available to help you find just what you’re looking for. Come in today to browse our selection or to learn more about easy ways to connect a generator to your house in Pennsylvania.

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