Last updated on May 16th, 2022 at 09:46 pm
Waukesha-based Generac Power Systems Inc., a leading designer and manufacturer of backup power generators and engine-powered tools, announced it has launched two new technologies that make installing an automatic home backup generator easier and more affordable for homeowners.
The first is the new Smart Management Module (SMM), a load management system that manages backup power to essential circuits identified by the homeowner, and autonomously pushes available power to non-essential circuits, as it becomes available.
The Smart Management Module is wireless, which makes it easier to install because no control wires are required. Up to eight Smart Management Modules can be installed with a compatible automatic transfer switch to manage power loads. The Smart Management Module technology is protected in a NEMA 3R, weatherproof enclosure, making each unit compatible for indoor and outdoor installations. Additional features include an LED indicator light that allows homeowners to verify which essential circuits are receiving power, as well as a lockout switch that prevents unwanted operation of circuits while operating on generator power.
The other technology, the new 16 circuit NEMA 3R rated automatic transfer switch, helps reduce installation costs for customers with an electrical panel located outside the home.
The switch is weatherproof and can withstand high winds, rain and winter storms. Electrical circuits are protected by an aluminum corrosion-resistant enclosure, and it accepts circuit breakers from multiple manufacturers. Power can be provided to up to 16 essential circuits in a home by using this new transfer switch, and customers can expand their backup coverage to 24 circuits through the use of tandem breakers.
Prior to this introduction, homeowners without a basement or interior utility closet had to purchase a costly, custom-built subpanel that could be installed outside the home.
“As the preferred residential backup power provider, we understand that customers need affordable, quality solutions,” said Russ Minick, executive vice president of North American sales for Generac Power Systems. “The introduction of the Smart Management Modules and 16 circuit NEMA 3R transfer switch are examples of our commitment to ensuring that automatic backup power systems are available for all homeowners.”