When there is a power outage a diesel generator is an important component of a business to ensure continuity of routine activities and also to add it into their inventory of equipment. For a diesel generator to generate electric energy it is composed of a diesel engine with an electric engine which is mostly referred to as an alternator. Before making the final decision of the generator that a business should purchase there are a number of factors that should be considered bearing in mind that it requires a lot of capital investment and its service is used over a long period of time of up to ten years. There are a number of advantages that make a diesel generator more preferable compared to other types of generators due to its cheaper fuel compare to generators powered by propane and gasoline as well as it durability characteristic, reliability, sturdiness and they are less expensive compared to other generators. Below are some factors that we hope they will be helpful when you will be purchasing a diesel generator.
The first consideration should be the power requirements in cases of electrical power outage. The power requirement needed in cases of electrical outage is the primary determinant of the size of diesel generator that a firm should acquire although the available finances are an equal influence. The process of determining of determining the amount of power required by a firm can take two strategies which are determining if the whole firm should receive power from the diesel generator when there is an electric outrage or identifying the important circuits in the firm that should receive the power and the circuits should be split to a separate electric panel.
It is advisable that you pursue a reputable company or professional to install a diesel generator for you so as to ensure that installation code in met and ensure the premises is safe for anyone who comes around. If the sellers of the generator do not offer installation you may request for some referrals of some professionals they may have engaged in the past who are licensed electricians and a plumber.
The third consideration that you should consider is the type of transfer switch which can be automatically controlled or manually controlled. The choice of transfer switch should be done by an electrician and if the generator is meant to supply power to the entire firm at electrical outage it should have service entrance rated which incorporates a unity disconnection within the transfer switch cabinet. It is important to consider how the generator will be maintained for it to run smoothly during electrical breakdowns and the expenses involved for the repair.