- A device that converts mechanical energy (an engine) into electrical
energy (a generator), for use in any type 120/240 volt AC equipment.
Amperage – The strength or intensity of
an electric current, measured in Amperes (Amps).
Automatic Standby Generator – A generator
permanently installed into your home electrical system, connected
directly to a natural gas or propane fuel supply and designed
to automatically start and shut off as needed.
Automatic Transfer Switch – A system used
with a standby, permanently installed generator that allows for
a safe simultaneous connection and transfer between your home’s
electrical system and the generator.
Ground – A connection between electrical
circuits and the earth.
Load – The amount of electricity required
to run an appliance.
NEMA 3R – Transfer switch enclosure intended for
outdoor use primarily to provide a degree of protection against
falling rain and sleet; undamaged by ice which forms on the enclosure.
This is the most common outdoor enclosure.
Running Wattage – The amount of electricity necessary
to run an appliance continuously.
Sound-Attenuated Enclosure – A custom enclosure
used to lower decibels of the generator.
Starting Wattage – The amount of electricity
necessary to start the electric motor in some tools and appliances.
Volt – The unit of electrical force.
Watt – A unit of electrical power (Volts
x Amps = Watts).
Wire Gauge – The size of the wire used
to transmit electrical current. Wire gauge must be large enough
to accommodate the amperage rating of the appliance.