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Diesel Generator Shopping Tips
There are a lot of things to be considered when you’re shopping for a diesel generator. By carefully reviewing your options and requirements, you will be able to complete this task more easily.
Don’t buy on price alone.
First off, never buy cheap if it means compromising on quality. If you search online, you’ll find tons of diesel generators being sold with no brand, backup or quality control. You’ll surely find one that looks just like its more expensive equivalent, but it will be as good in terms of performance. Worse, they won’t come with a warranty. In other words, the cheaper alternative almost will actually cost you more.
Don’t skip your homework.
The typical house backup begins at 5kW, though this is hardly adequate for the entire house. Each household uses a different set of products, so their power consumption will surely differ. If you think you will need 5kW during backup, buy a generator that can run bigger. Always consider that inrush current can triple the actual power required to run certain items.
Determine your kW from your kVA.
Apparent power or kVA is sometimes considered as a specific power output could be derived from particular products, depending on the machine’s power and what appliances are switched on. Keep in mind that power factor is produced not by the generator but by the load. Thus, the generator must have the capacity to react to power factor in the load.
Decide if an auto-switch feature is necessary in a blackout.
This part comes down to your own preference. You decide how you want to deal with a power cut situation. Some people are fine manually switching the generator on and applying the loads themselves, but what if the blackout occurs at night? While it can be a little more expensive, an automatic generator does make things more convenient. If you are more interested in buying an automatic generator, just be sure it works with an ATS. There are types that need you to get a receiver unit and communication table. Cheap or unbranded generators usually don’t work with an ATS at all, meaning they will only work with manual intervention. Again, this is all a matter of what works for you.
Look into the generator’s environmental impact.
Lastly, pick a generator with a reputation for being earth-friendly. All generators have green modes that lessen emissions and carbon footprint, but of course, some brands and models will be better at it than the others. You’d like to balance personal preference and environmental compliance. Just a bit of research can go a long way.