Backup diesel generators not only keep your appliances running during a power outage but also allow business operations to run smoothly.
However, generators in your residential or commercial property can be hazardous if safety measures are not followed during their maintenance or installation process. The first step to installing a generator is preparing the site.
Here’s how site preparation for your generator can affect its performance and maintenance for years.
Size and spacing
When deciding the right location to install a generator on your property, its physical size and weight are important factors to consider. Whether you have an industrial or a standby generator, you will need adequate space for fueling, moving, and servicing the unit. A poor location is likely to reduce the efficiency of your system.
You must also follow the state and federal locations when installing the generator. So make sure that there’s sufficient space between your building and the generator for proper maintenance, security, and fuel tank accessibility.
Enclosing the Unit
It’s necessary to enclose your generator unit whether you decide to place an enclosure system over it for outdoor installation or install it inside the building. The enclosure will reduce noise and protect it from weather damage. You can either opt for a portable or permanent enclosure set up for an outdoor installation.
Since generators emit harmful gases such as carbon monoxide, installing it in a confined space is dangerous. That’s why you must avoid placing them in basements, spaces below the staircases, and garages.
Ensure the generator is placed 20 to 25 feet away from the property while the exhaust must point towards an open space. Moreover, there should be an open space about three to four feet on all sides of the generator while it’s in use. Consider using a carbon monoxide detector as an additional safety measure.
Indoor vs. Outdoor
Deciding to place the generator indoor or outdoor depends on the available space. For instance, locating the unit indoors will give you easy accessibility, but it will utilize the valuable floor space that you may need for other purposes.
Moreover, you must consider the clearance around the unit as there must be enough space that allows adequate airflow.
On the other hand, outdoor generators have clearance factors, environmental factors, and sound and vibration limits that help determine the unit’s location.
Permanent Enclosed Industrial Generators
Since permanent enclosed generators remain stationary, they require the most accessible location. For instance, the fuel truck must have convenient access to the unit, so placing the generator close to the roadway will benefit.
The area around the generator must be secured to handle any emergency such or spillage or flooding. Most generators are enclosed within a fence that allows maximum protection and security.
The best surface to place under your generator is the concrete pad that helps overcome the risk from the soil. These pads are specifically designed to tolerate the weight of the generator. The pad extends itself beyond the generator’s footprint by and a half times the size of the generator.
Portable Enclosed Industrial Generators
Preparing for a portable enclosed generator is much less complicated as it can be easily moved. However, you must be aware of the proper procedure for positioning, storing, and using these generators.
The smaller models of these generators can be transported in a truck or van, but you will need a bigger vehicle to move larger versions. Since these units require routine fuel filling, ensure they have easy access to the roadway when selecting a location for installation.
Consult with a Professional Technician
Hire an experienced technician from the company you purchased your generator from. A professional will make the installation process much easier and streamlined. They also have the required knowledge to deal with any issues during the installation. Moreover, they can make recommendations regarding the installation based on the size and purpose of the generator and the available space.
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