The Bureau of Meteorology has announced that La Niña is officially underway. This means that we could be in for a wet spring and summer with increased chances of cyclones and flooding. We all know that in the Far North Queensland region, this means more power outages.
Imagine the sticky conditions of the wet season at your place with no fans to move the air and no air conditioning to reduce the humidity or temperature. The great news is that with a bit of preparation, you can avoid losing power in your home simply by installing a Changeover Switch.
A Changeover Switch is an inlet installed into your switchboard and allows you to change from mains power to a generator power source. You can run your generator to provide power your fridge and freezer without the Changeover Switch by plugging extension cords directly from the fridge to the generator. However this won’t provide a power source to your hard wired appliances such as ceilings fans, air conditioning units, hot water, oven, cooktop and pool pump. Or for businesses, think IT equipment, lighting, cash registers, security and stock control systems.
There are a couple of ways to install this service. One is with automatic switching capability. In this instance, the equipment senses fluctuations in power and will change from mains to generator power the instant power is lost. This is of great benefit for particular situations such as hospitals, restaurants and other places that may rely on refrigeration to hold stock for example. The equipment can also be installed to require more human intervention. A manual switch is most commonly used in households. There are pros and cons for both options which we have explored in our Changeover Switch Blog.
To take advantage of a Generator Changeover Switch you will obviously need a generator! You’ll need to ensure that your generator has a big enough capacity to run the appliances of your choosing.
For expert advice on how to avoid power outages in Far North Queensland, contact us on [email protected] or phone 07 4099 3497 We’ll be there when you need us. We are the Generator Changeover Switch specialists in Far North Queensland.


Choosing between automatic and manual Changeover Switches comes down to the simple question. How critical is continuous power supply? In the event of a power outage if you choose a manual switch, what is the downside if you are not present to change the power source from mains to generator? We explore the pros and cons fully in our Changeover Switch Blog.


It’s especially important that you get the right advice when installing a Changeover Switch if you have a solar system in place. When the power goes out, don’t risk damage to the solar inverter or your generator. BH Electrics have the expertise to ensure that your Changeover Switch is installed correctly to protect your equipment. Call 07 4099 3497 or [email protected] For more on BH Electrics solar services, check our Solar Installation and Maintenance services.

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