A Guide to the Types of Emergency Standby Generators

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A Guide to the Types of Emergency Standby Generators

When your business depends on access to power, weather-related emergencies can create a significant challenge. Take a proactive stance by reviewing the types of emergency standby generators across the marketplace. Our team at T-Environmental can help you with this process. In this post, we’re exploring the types of emergency standby generators for your business.

Gas Standby Generators

Gas standby generators are used with an original fuel source and connected to a gas line for continuous power. This helps the generator perform effectively, compared to tanks on a fixed capacity. The gas line is required because it’s more dangerous to store gas in one area. So, gas standby generators can be less effective in a disaster, as they can create fire hazards. By considering proper maintenance, the lifetime of a gas standby generator can be extended significantly.

Diesel Standby Generators

Most industries depend on diesel standby power for emergencies as diesel generators can operate independently from the grid and from their own fuel source. However, one important consideration is that their independent operation means they must be filled more often than gas standby generators, which have their own fuel line.
Durable and stable, diesel standby generators have minimal maintenance requirements. Another consideration is the volume of the diesel generator motor, as the motor noise may be louder than a gas generator motor. Diesel generators can be equipped with an enclosure to absorb some of the sounds though.

Air-Cooled & Liquid-Cooled Options

When selecting emergency generators, you might want to think about the difference between air-cooled and liquid-cooled options. With extended run times, generators can over-heat. Most permanent generators have built-in cooling systems, generally consisting of either air-cooled technology or liquid-cooled technology. Air-cooled systems harness fans to force the air across the unit, while liquid-cooled generators have engines like the type you might find in a vehicle. They use a radiator-type unit to circulate coolant throughout the pipes to support cooling power.

Deciding Between Portable and Permanent

When selecting emergency standby generators, consider the value provided by both permanent and standby options. The most reliable source of power in an emergency is a permanent generator that detects the loss of power and immediately transfers the electrical load to link your building back to the generator power source. Permanent standby generators don’t require you to refill the system, as they are constantly connected to a fuel line. While permanent options can be more expensive to install, they can give you peace of mind if you are away from your business for an extended period of time.

Portable generators can be a great option if you’re planning a personal camping trip, but you may not be able to achieve the same level of reliability as permanent backup generators for your business. A portable option might be a great choice, though, if you don’t have space within your organization for a fixed generator.

Our team at T-Environmental can help guide you on your standby generator options. Call us today for more details.

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