Considerations for Selecting and Installing a Generator

Posted on: 24 September 2020


Businesses need power to run and make money, so having any interruptions will put a dent on your productivity. Power loss can come from natural disasters, accidents, grid failures, and even work on power lines. You may or may not have advance notice of the power loss. A reliable way to keep your doors open, despite power outages, is by using industrial generators. Considering how your business can benefit from a generator is easy, but buying and installing can be more complicated, and has many factors for your consideration.

Know Your Needs

The first step in getting a generator for your business is to know what your power needs are. Generators come in many sizes, and can handle different power requirements. You do not want a generator that cannot keep your building running, but you also likely do not want to spend more money than you have to.

Fuel Types

Generators can be fueled with either diesel gas or natural gas, and there are pros and cons to both types. Diesel fuel is the most common due to the lower price, and requires less maintenance. However, you will need to have a secure way to store diesel fuel in case of inclement weather. Natural gas generators are quieter, and can be connected directly to the gas line in your business. However, regular maintenance is necessary, and if the utility company shuts off your line, you are out of fuel. The best way to prevent this. if you opt for a natural gas generator, is to have a conversion kit installed as well, so you can use propane gas tanks.

New or Used

Another consideration you have to make when purchasing a generator is whether or not you want a used or new unit. While new units will often have the benefits of a warranty, having no previous usage, being the latest model, and meeting all of the federal requirements, there are downsides to think about. New units are more expensive to repair, and they cost more upfront. With used generators, you can acquire them faster and move to installation, as well as find aftermarket parts for a lower cost. You can still find used units with low usage hours, and even with a warranty still available.


Once you have determined which generator you want, you need to think about the installation. You will want to install the generator in a location that is easy to access, for maintenance and refueling, but protected from the general traffic. It is best to work with a professional during the installation process, so you meet all of the building and fire codes, as well as meeting regulations for emissions. Professionals will know how to dampen the sound, as well as make sure there is proper ventilation for the generator. Finally, when you hire a company to perform the installation, make sure you go with a company that will properly prepare the foundation and lines for the generator, as well as clean up the site following installation.

There is a lot to consider with a generator, but once installed, it is worth the effort you have put into it. Backup generators can keep your business running while other companies have to close their doors. When you do your research and work with professionals, you can rest easy knowing that the installation has protected your business and the environment. For more information about an industrial generator for your business, contact a local service like Scott's Emergency Lighting & Power Generation Inc.