5 Tips for Choosing a New Commercial Generator

In the market for a new generator for your business? You’ll have to start with some basic research before narrowing down your selection. Generators in Edmonton come in a great variety of sizes, styles, and thus, price points. The one you choose will depend on your unique business needs, the nature of your industry, your budget and your space constraints.

Whether you’re looking to rent generators in Edmonton or purchase a new one, here are five tips to choosing the best one for you. You’ll have to consider:

1. Amount of Power Needed

The power need at your jobsite is an important factor when you’re planning to rent or buy a commercial generator. Industrial and commercial generators can be customized according to your power requirements. You need to know just how that power must be generated if the power supply is ever disrupted.

Take into account peak power consumption and amperage of your local power supply. If you’re looking for power backup only for essential loads, it’s best to have a qualified technician perform a separation of the emergency circuits from the mains to make a whole new emergency load panel. You should also reach out to your trusted generator supply company to determine what type of generator is best for your business.

2. Type of Fuel Needed

Emergency power generators can use diesel, petrol or gas as fuel. Take into consideration the availability of fuel and associated costs when renting or buying a generator for your business, as well as local compliance and regulations. On top of that, think about the amount and portability of the fuel you will use when wondering whether to go with a gas-powered generator or a diesel one.

3. Location of the Generator

If you own a manufacturing facility, you should place the generator well away from the main building. This way, you can still easily access it for refueling, service and repair needs, but at the same time, it’s at a safe distance from where you store your goods and where people work. Ideally, you should place it close to the fuel supply. Don’t store it in a place that may get flooded, such as the basement.

If you are thinking about rooftop installation, make sure that the roof can handle the load. If storing the generator indoors, there should be an adequate ventilation and exhaust system in place.

4. Type of Transfer Switch

Most modern generator systems feature an advanced automatic transfer switch, meaning the power supply will automatically switch to generator mode in the event of an outage. You could choose a manual transfer switch with your system, but this may not always be best for certain facilities such as hospitals.

5. Type of Container/Enclosure

Consider the noise-related regulations in your area and the climate as well, to help determine whether you need an open generator or an enclosed one. Perhaps your jobsite has a decibel limit requirement; in this case, you will need a generator with a sound-diminishing enclosure.

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