Updated: Oct 5, 2019
Do you experience debilitating power outages? You are in need of a backup generator to ensure that your business or home do not suffer when a blackout occurs. There are certain things that you should consider prior to purchasing a generator. Whether you need a standby or prime generator, purchasing one that does not meet your needs will not do any good. Buying a unit that cannot handle your power requirements cannot only be frustrating but can also damage some of your appliances.
Here are the top 4 considerations when purchasing a generator.
Know What Type of Generator You Need
Knowing the type of generator to purchase is an important first step. You may require a prime, continuous power, or standby generator. Prime power generators are meant to have unlimited run time and they are used as the primary source of power rather than backups. A prime power rated generator guarantees power in a situation where there is no utility power, which is often the case in remote areas with no grid coverage such as industrial operations including oil and gas fields.
Standby generators are utilized as sources of emergency power, for example, when a blackout occurs. Standby generators are ideal where there is a primary, reliable, and continuous source of power such as utility power. Standby generators only run in case of outages or during regular testing and maintenance.
Continuous power and prime power are similar. However, there is a base-load rating for continuous power generators. Continuous power generators cannot handle overloads and do not work effectively where the load varies. The main difference between continuous and prime rating is that the former is set to avail maximum power at a variable load for an unlimited period and allows a 10% overload capacity for shorter durations.
Power Factor of the Generator
PF is the ratio between kW (kilowatts) and kVa (kilovolt amps) drawn from an electrical load. PF is determined by a generator’s connected load. PF is a measure of how efficiently generators transfer power with higher PF generators being more efficient than low PF generators, which can result in increased costs of power over a given period. When purchasing a generator, you should ask about the PF. The most basic fact is that a generator with a PF of above 0.9 is good.
How The Installation Will Look Like
Before making the final decision in purchasing a generator, you should contact a certified dealer to determine what generator installation will entail. In an ideal situation, the generator dealer should do the installation. However, whoever does the installation should conduct a survey of the generator site to determine different requirements for installation. Generally, the installation site will be leveled and a concrete slab built as the foundation for the generator.
Where You Are Buying The Generator
Purchasing a generator requires you to consider not only the purchase itself and installation but also the long-term service and maintenance of the generator. You will require an experienced and professional providers that will guarantee the longevity of your generator. You should consider dealers that have local support and will take care of all your future needs. At Inborn Energy, there is 24-hour service support in most towns in Kenya, which guarantees convenient support for many customers.
If you are considering buying a generator, these are the things you should be on the lookout for in order to get the best value for your buy.
At Inborn Energy we help users to learn and understand generators in simple and easy to understand ways in order to make the best purchase decisions.
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