Commercial generators for buildings are complicated applications because they can vary on a case-by-case basis. The loss of power in any building means that the people on the premises are unsafe for work or occupancy. In some cases, there is a loss of electronic data and even significant damage to equipment. It may be time to consider the permanent installation of a commercial generator to keep critical systems up and running through outages, from data centres to elevators, fire alarms, and more.
Building generator installation process
One of the most important things that affect the building generator installation process is where they will be placed. The local climate plays a big role in finding the right location. This may affect how closely you can place the generator to the building and could impact what size generator you can use, as larger typically means louder, although newer generators have made significant advances in sound output. Your generator should ideally be installed as close as possible to the building’s electrical room to minimize the conduit run. The automatic transfer switch is often installed in the same electrical room for any building. That’s why it is important to make sure that the area has enough space. Even if there is more than enough area to deal with, is there sufficient distance between the sound of a running generator and wherever your day-to-day operations will be conducted. The generator will require adequate ventilation and exhaust pathways, and a nearby fuel source if you go for a generator that runs on natural gas. Should you choose a diesel generator, which is the most common fuel source for building generators, there will need to be regulatory considerations for fuel lines.
Building generator repairs
This is another issue that may require a site inspection from a generator specialist because it is all dependent on the particulars of the building. It is also affected by how you use the building which can significantly change what caused the failure in the generator. Property owners or managers that need to power the entire building, will need a larger generator than if you only need to power critical facilities. Commercial buildings engaged in life-and-death services, like healthcare facilities and hospitals, have special generator needs for downtime and run-time. Regardless of the unique application and installation of your generator, building generator repairs will be necessary at one point or another.