Melbourne residents are in the midst of a heatwave at the moment, which not only feels awful but comes with a range of other issues. Blackouts are some of the annoying events that can ruin your quality time at home or even interfere with your work. This is why more and more people have been investing in a standby generator. However, it is good to know that there a wide variety to choose from when buying a standby generator thus you should consult with your local electrician who can advise you on the best one to suit your needs.
A standby generator requires a significant investment; therefore, you should not just rush to the store and by one without first carrying out some research to determine the one that fits your needs best. Here are important things to consider before you buy a standby generator for your home or office.
Your power requirements
Your power requirements will determine the kind of generator you need to buy. In the event of blackouts, you can use the standby generator to power emergency appliances or the entire building. If you need to power emergency appliances such as television and to light your living room, you can buy a small generator but if you want enough power for the entire building including heating systems, freezers and electric cook you have to buy a high capacity generator.
There are several types of fuels used in generators including diesel, liquid propane, and natural gas. Although gasoline may seem convenient, it is usually perceived as poor fuel choice due to its instability and short life span. Cost is also a factor that dictates the type of fuel that will serve you best since all the fuels types have different prices. Fuel availability will also determine the type of generator that suits you best.
In most cases fuel availability depends on your area of residence. While diesel and liquid propane may be readily available, they also require regular refueling in cases of prolonged power outages. Natural gas, on the other hand, may be pulled from utility companies but also comes with high installation costs and strict regulation policies.
Where to install the generator
Although standby a generator can be a lifesaver during power outages they can also be life-threatening if necessary precautions are not put in place. You need to carefully choose an installation location that will ensure you and your family are safe. Generators usually emit carbon monoxide which is a deadly gas that can knock you out or even end your life. That’s why an experienced electrician should be called to assist with the install.
For rooftop and outdoor installation make sure that you adhere to all regulations including a safe distance from flammable materials, building openings and flooding areas. In case of indoors installation ensure that you have put all factors into consideration including easy accessibility for refuelling and maintenance, proper ventilation, exhausting duct installation and away from combustible materials
Servicing and maintenance
Generators just like the other electronics will breakdown from time to time calling for repairs or servicing. You need to ensure that only qualified electrician service your generator to ensure that it’s always functioning perfectly. Since there are many models to choose from, you need to buy a generator that can be serviced locally. You do not have to undergo the hustle of importing spare parts every time your generator breaks down.
By installing the right generator at your home or workplace will ensure that power outage never ruin your quality time or interfere with your work.