As a commercial business, you know you always have to be re-evaluating your company’s needs. As you face the new year, it’s time to re-asses your power generation requirements and think about investing in your first generator or a replacement generator. You can’t afford the downtime that comes with a power outage.
Even a short cut in electricity supply can lead to big losses of production and efficiency. You could lose customers and your bottom line could take a hit. This is why many commercial businesses like yours choose stand-by generators. Before investing in a generator in Edmonton, you’ll have to take the time to research the right one for you.
Your New Year’s Resolution this year should focus on investing in a commercial generator for your business. Heed these considerations before taking the leap.
Know Your Power Requirements
Generators are available in a multitude of sizes and power output options. Buying a generator that under-serves or over-serves your requirements can lead to loss of resources for your company. That’s why the first step should be to analyze your requirements.
Ask yourself this: if an outage were to occur, would you want the generator to run the entire facility or a few select emergency circuits? Once you have the answer to this, you can hire an electrician to analyze the output that you would need to reach those goals. He or she can also separate the emergency equipment from the rest in the event you want the generator to power only certain items.
Installation and Maintenance
You should also consider generator service and installation before settling on a generator. You’ll have to research a reputable company or technician for both installation and maintenance, ensuring the generator delivers optimal performance over the long haul. Having an inexperienced technician install your generator could lead to unnecessary hassles when a power outage eventually does hit.
Stand-by generators come in gasoline, propane and diesel fuel compatibilities. Determine which one is best suited to your needs. Consider:
- Availability of the fuel
- Costs of each
- Storage needs of excess fuel
- Pros and cons of each type
With gasoline and diesel, you may need an on-site fuel source; with propane or natural gas, these types come directly from the system with no storage requirements. Gasoline has a shorter stability life than other types, but it is more convenient. Each fuel has pros and cons but your decision will ultimately be based on the environment in which you’ll be using the generator.
Wiring and Transfer Switches
You should always hire a certified electrician to analyze the electrical infrastructure of your existing facility. This will help determine if your wiring system can handle the loads of power coming from the generator. Your choice of transfer switches also comes into play. Automatic switches are usually better, as they ensure time and cost efficiency. However, manual switches are another option if you prefer.
Enclosure and Location
Where you will place your generator is important. If outdoors, you must have adequate protection against theft and weather. If indoors, you’ll have to accommodate for noise levels as well as the ventilation requirements for the generator in order for it to operate effectively and safely.
Contact RLN Energy
A generator is a substantial investment; however, when you take the time to choose the right one and take the proper steps to maintain it throughout the year, it will pay off in spades. If a generator in Edmonton is in the cards for you this new year, contact RLN Energy to learn about our rental and sale options.