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:

  • Location
  • Electrical codes
  • Adequate gas service and meter
  • Your local noise ordinances
  • Aesthetics

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.