Having a backup generator is always a good idea, because you never know when your power will go out. Not having a generator can mean hours of sitting in the dark, unable to use every day items that we have come to view as basic necessities like our refrigerators, stoves, and microwaves.
Generators are pretty much always located outside of your home, and if you’re still using a manual transfer switch that means that when your power goes out you have to venture outside to turn your generator on. Your power could go out for many different reasons, including violent storms. Going outside in a thunderstorm can be very dangerous. Which is why, it’s smart to consider getting an automatic transfer switch installed for your generator. Then, when you lose power, you can just sit back and relax in your comfortable home as the generator kicks on automatically and restores your power. An automatic transfer switch is safer, because you don’t have to risk injury by going outside in a storm, and it’s much more convenient because you don’t have to stop what you’re doing to go turn your generator on.