We keep throwing the term “standby generator” around, but you may want to know exactly what that means. A standby generator uses a transfer switch to monitor the electricity coming from the power grid to your home or place of business. The transfer switch usually uses a phase detector to determine that the 60 cycle or 60 Hertz of the alternating current is present in the wires coming in. When a power outage occurs, the phase of 60 cycles stop. The transfer switch then starts the standby generator automatically, determines that the phase is still missing, creates a shunt and allows electricity to flow from the generator to provide lights, security, refrigeration, air conditioning or power to the blower for heating, and all the other electrical demands in your home or business. Importantly, the shunt also prevents electricity from the grid mixing with the electricity that the generator is creating. If the 60-cycle electricity from a generator were to mix with the electricity from the grid, anything with electrical circuits would be damaged or destroyed. Only the simplest of toasters would be unaffected among your appliances. This is why we don’t feel portable generators are a solution to protecting your household. We only provide SAFE POWER solutions.