A backup generator is not just a machine that adds to the aesthetics of your property, nor is it merely a financial investment that has a certain value to it. When the going gets tough, a backup generator can be one of the best things you can hope to have in order to stabilize everything with respect to your house or office activities. If you are not the biggest fan of power cuts (which we’ll boldly assume you aren’t), then a standby genset can prove to be an indispensable asset to you.
Depending on the geographics and the grid reliability of an area, a diesel generator can either be an incredible auxiliary source of backup or even replace the primary grid as the main source of electricity making the other devices worth their use. However, in the pursuit of an ideal genset, you will likely come across dozens of alternative units, each looking highly promising on the surface, and therefore, choosing the right one can be a tricky task.
While all types of electric generators follow the same working principles, their overall efficiency and cost-effectiveness may vary significantly, which is why as a soon-to-be genset owner, you might want to consider all the relevant factors before arriving at your final decision. In this article, we shall not only discuss “why” having backup power is essential but also which genset size and power rating would suit your needs contingent upon your consumption needs. Understanding loads and sizing can help us make a better decision, as will other overlooked aspects of generator purchase, the likes of which we’ll briefly cover in this piece.
Which Factors Can Influence Your Decision?
Your Individual Power Output Desired:
As mentioned earlier the sizing of a generator is one of the most important factors while considering buying a genset. If the generator unit does not fit or suffice for your power requirements then it is pretty much useless as you will be left with equipment that you will not be able to operate. The power needs can be easily calculated if you have a basic idea of conversion of kilo volt-ampere (kVA) to kilowatt (kW) or vice versa as most. The rest is written on the various machines that you intend to power using the generator.
The calculated total should not exceed 80% of the total output of the generator. All in all, the generator that you decide to go for should be large enough to support the various equipment you have to run at times of outages or by using the generator as a prime source of power.
This is a necessary check for most owners as these machines can heat up to pretty high temperatures making them potentially dangerous as they generally have flammable fuel right next to them. Keeping this in mind generators are rated for their cooling capabilities as most generators from Krugerpower are rated to withstand heat and operating temperatures similar to the Australian north. Whether it is air-cooled or water-cooled can be a key feature that you can decide to go for, if your area sees hot winds then it is better to for water cooled generator.
Mode Of Starting (auto/electric):
Gone are the days when you had to take a handle fit is on the axel and crank the shaft just to start the generator which in itself was a time-consuming process and sometimes even dangerous as the handle would slip out and hit body parts causing damage. Electric start means that you have power at the push of a button.
While the electric start is one of the most basic features that you can get, there are advancements of this feature that allow you to operate the generator remotely using a wireless remote or a timer start.
The safety systems also play a key role in helping one decide whether to go for a particular machine or continuing their search. This can primarily depend on the placement and location of the generator while the nature of the business also plays a crucial role in helping to make the decision. To enhance the power output and eliminate fuel-based safety hazards, many owners take a savvy approach and install high-grade diesel storage tanks for proper stockpiling.
Safety systems also help you in saving a lot of money as they prevent various systems from malfunction and hence damaging other components of the machine as well as themselves. An example would be the “low oil protection” feature in the latest model of generators that helps operators know the levels of oil in the machine, preventing it from running dry and damaging parts due to friction.
# Ideal Gensets For Business Work:-
Industrial Diesel Genset (18 kVA; 240 V)
This is a generator of large dimensions 167 L x 76 W x 120 H cm, and weighing in at 760 kgs to be precise, it will take some planning to have it delivered to the desired location. Take due consideration the size and the placement of the Genset on delivery. Capable of producing 18kW on prime power and 20kW standby power this is a generator fit for you if you have large power requirements. This is fully equipped with all the safety equipment that you can expect from a generator including an emergency stopper and a failsafe shutdown.
Portable Diesel Generator (5kVA; 240V):-
This is one that will take care of all the outages and help you power through frequent outages by enabling you to power small equipment. Right for you if you have moderate power requirements, this is one of the most technologically advanced generators that money can buy. Offering you a host of safety systems and full protection from the weather elements. Featuring remote start, or options with electric start and timer start this is easy to operate a generator that takes care of moderate power requirements.
The fact remains that irrespective of what your power needs are, choosing the right professionals for the installation is of utmost importance because even if the genset brand is high-grade, dodgy storage can lead to performance issues, safety concerns and even machine failure.