When the power goes out for longer than a few hours, many people will start to panic and wish they had a backup plan. A generator will be the backbone for such a plan that will give security to your home or business. It is critical to understand what generators are, what they can do, and the many options they present. Let’s explore what you need to know.
Average standby generators for residential to small commercial range from about 8-150 kilowatts and will fit almost any power need. So, it is extremely imperative to choose a generator that will meet your specific needs and lifestyle. For example, if you merely want to power a few key appliances in a large structure or everything in a smaller home, an 8- to 30-kilowatt generator might be a perfect fit for you. On the other hand, if you want to power everything in a large home, a bigger one will make more sense to give you what you need. It is always recommended that a proper load calculation is performed to determine the proper size generator for your needs.
There are a few other considerations to be aware of before picking the right size, including:
- Electrical codes
- Adequate gas service and meter
- Your local noise ordinances
Generators, in general, are a major investment. They require not only the initial expense of buying and setting it up but also fuel and periodic maintenance. You want a generator that can keep the lights on during the worst of storms and won’t cost you an arm and a leg to run and maintain.
Diesel generators are more cost-effective than gas and propane generators. In addition to the price of the fuel, the generators don’t need as much maintenance as the other types and they last longer on less fuel.It’s not only homes that require generators. Many construction sites don’t have access to electricity, especially if it’s new construction in the middle of nowhere. They must bring in large portable generators to power tools, lights and other machinery. What makes it a great fit is many of the machinery also runs on diesel, so they don’t need to have a separate storage tank for gasoline or propane. They can have a single tank that can run everything.
They’re saving on the cost of a storage tank and the time and trouble of refilling it with a different type of fuel. Construction sites must fit many things into a small space, so saving the space of a separate storage tank is a boon for them.