Commercial generator installation could be one of the greatest investments you make for your business. And this applies to almost any business operating in commercial sectors because they are always all ultimately after the same goal – productivity. If your business needs to maintain high power levels for extended periods of time, you should do some research to find the perfect unit for you. There are various commercial uses for an industrial-sized generator, and they come in many different types. Making the best choice also goes a long way toward making safety a priority. Which is an especially important element of commercial places across the country. In workplaces that are small and enclosed, you shouldn’t aim for a generator that is likely to produce high amounts of noise and exhaust emissions. There are very strict industry safety standards to keep up with and there is a unit that will help you stay compliant with them. This guide is here to assist in giving you some advice about choosing the right unit before calling us at Reactive Generators to handle the installation.
Choosing the right commercial generator
Generators for industrial and commercial use can be costly and it’s easy to understand why. When calculating the amount of power you need to keep your office building functioning, for example, you’ll quickly understand why they are such large machines. But even with that in mind, there is wiggle room for you to work around when it comes to the price of the product you choose. There is significant cost flexibility due to commercial value, bulk purchases, and better credit options. Let’s start with one of the first decisions you’ll have to make and that’s the fuel type.
3 typical fuel types for commercial generators
Gas driven generators use stored natural gas to generate power for your premises. Gas generators are different to other fuel types because they don’t burn liquid. They combust the gas to run the engine and this plays a big role in reducing overall fuel costs. Your generator fuel costs should be one of many things involved in the planning for your project generator because the budget goes a long way towards ensuring success.
These types of units are more advanced and often, offer more efficient functions. Which explains why professional diesel generator repairs and installation can be more expensive than for other fuel types. High-end, diesel-powered commercial generators can save infrastructure power, run entire hospitals, and maintain large freezers. If your company needs to maintain high power levels for long periods of time, diesel generators may be best equipped to do the job. They are sure to maintain workplace productivity for many a decade to come if they are properly looked after.
Petrol-powered units come in a wide variety of applications and are flexible enough to work in several environments. Whether it is generators for emergency services, standby power for businesses, to providing power during routine and non-routine outages at your retail store. They can also be a more cost-effective solution for smaller applications.
How much does a commercial generator cost?
Industrial generators have very wide price ranges and that offers you, the buyer, cost flexibility when finding the right option for you. Large generators for industrial and commercial uses can very well fall in the hundred thousand dollars price range for high-optimum units. These generators can power industrial equipment, some of the most advanced machinery, and entire premises infrastructures with ease. Generators’ hire costs are constantly increasing and can fluctuate during peak storm seasons in the region. While the initial installation cost can be very high, purchasing your own generator protects you from hire costs. Some models are cheaper than others, and some have life-long saving benefits.
Features your commercial generator should have
There are additional generator options that you should consider to maximize your business’s efficiency, safety, and longevity. We’ve put together a list of typical features that are highly useful for commercial applications for you to consider:
- LCD and LED displays and monitors
Modern generators can come with built-in LED displays with advanced tracking systems and menus. These displays light up and can show notifications to enhance how you use and monitor your system. The LCD and LED displays will show you fuel levels and oil notifications amongst many other things.
- Remote Monitoring
Remote generator monitoring provides virtual access to your unit from anywhere in the world. This service ensures that your device is ready for use when it is required, identifies potential issues before a situation arises and reduces the need for extensive site visits. This proactive approach to the generator and load monitoring will limit unnecessary costs, heighten reliability and improve the efficiency of your work. After receiving your authorisation, Reactive Generators will connect with your generator via either telephone, wireless internet, RS232 or RS485. The diversity of connection options maximises reliability and provides a safety blanket for potential failures due to weather or system malfunctions.
- Safety Switches
Automatic switches are incredibly important to have on emergency backup generators because they ensure a safe, seamless transition. Transfer switches will monitor voltages across the circuit and immediately act when an interruption occurs.
Generator enclosures offer protective and noise-minimization benefits for industrial and commercial environments. The enclosure is meant to withstand the bad weather, day-to-day dirt and dust, and keep out debris. They are usually made of strong, weather-resistant metals and are incredibly useful for protecting industrial generators operated outdoors.
How long does a commercial generator last?
Your commercial generator has the capability to last you for well over 20 years depending on the availability of the repair components and competent servicing technicians around you. Reactive Generators is more than prepared to help prolong your investment in Ipswich, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba. This is just one of many things that play into the typical life expectancy of any individual generator, and it will depend on many other factors including sizing, usage, and preventive maintenance practices. How well you maintain it is also a big factor in the ongoing health of your unit.