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How To Choose the Perfect Generator

No matter what industry your in, use these tips to help choose a generator that meets the needs of your company. 
 

DSS-how-to-choose-the-perfect-gen-(2).pngIf you’re running or managing a company and you’ve decided to buy a generator, then you deserve to spend a moment congratulating yourself. You’ve chosen to provide your employees, clients, and yourself with peace of mind in the event of an emergency. Of course, now that you’ve chosen to buy a generator, you might be curious as to how to choose the best one.
 
Well, you’ve came to the right place. By asking yourself the following questions and considering the following tips, you shouldn’t have any issues choosing a generator that’s perfect for your business.

Consider Your Needs

If you’re going to be relying on your generator as a backup to your regular power source during an emergency, you’re going to want to take into account different factors than if you’re planning to use your generator to keep your servers running during stressful use scenarios.
 
More to the point, consider which components are most essential to your business and then plan to have the generator power those things.

Think About Your Voltage Requirements

A lot of companies are already set up for what’s called a three-phase power solution. Some aren’t. It’s best to get a generator that already matches your business’ incoming utility voltage. You’ll also want to look and see what your needs are in terms of turning on your backup power source. Will someone be manually starting up the genset or will you install transfer switch for seamless power in the event of a power outage?

Think About Your Generator’s Fuel Source

More often than not, generators are powered by either diesel fuel or natural gas. You should determine which is most readily apparent in your community and then weigh that information against the cost of keeping your generator running.
 
You’ll also want to look your fuel storage needs. Will you need additional fuel storage beyond your generator’s tank? How much space will you need for fuel storage? Is there any zoning requirements you need to assess before purchasing your extra fuel? These are a few basic questions you’ll want to think about before your genset is delivered.

Size Is Important

How big is your business? What are the ramifications for losing power? Be sure to consider how big your generator should be to power all your essential equipment and go from there. You’ll also want to consider how long the power may be out. Over your time in the industry, you’ve probably witnessed a few blackouts. How long do they typically last? You’re going to need to plan your generator needs to anticipate these outages.
 
Lastly your going to need a location for your generator to sit on the property. Whether you’re placing your genset indoors or outdoors, you’ll need to consider noise implications, ventilation, and accessibility for routine maintenance. You don’t want to shove you genset into a confined or ill-equipped location. That could cause more concerns down the road.

There Is No One-Size-Fits-All Solution

Honestly, those are just the basics. Every company’s needs are different, which can make choosing a generator a complicated process.
 
A lot goes into deciding which generator is right for you, so it’s a good idea to enlist an expert like the team at Diesel Service and Supply. We’re happy to answer any questions you might have, so you can be confident that you’ll pick the right generator.

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