Generators in South Africa

Power outages can happen unexpectedly for a variety of different reasons. It is always best to be prepared for a blackout, especially if you live in a place that is prone to losing electricity easily or during a stormy season. One of the best ways to be prepared for a power outage is by purchasing a generator. A generator is a device that converts mechanical energy to electrical energy and can restore just enough electricity to your home to live normally while experiencing an outage.

Energy failures normally occur when there is some sort of inclement weather. Power can be lost if there is lightning and thunder, extremely windy conditions, some sort of snow or ice storm, or a downpour of rain. These types of severe weather can cause electrical lines to fall down, tree limbs to fall of power lines, circuits to overload, and electric equipment to fail. There are also some cases where electrical power can be disrupted because of some sort of repair being done on electrical systems. When these outages take place teams of electrical professionals are usually on the scene of the problem as soon as they are available. The electric companies know how precious electricity is to citizens so they will do their best to restore the power and fix the problem in an efficient and effective manner.

Things to consider when installing a diesel generator

First of all one must decide how much power they realistically need to get things back up and running. To gauge this you will need to determine what types of equipment you need to run and how much energy they need. You will need to find out what sort of wattage is required in order to size the diesel generator correctly. When you add up all the wattage needed it will often be much higher than what you realistically need. Most equipment requires a large amount of energy to start but not to run continuously. Others use the same amount whenever they are on. If you stagger your usage and don’t turn everything on at once you can often operate on a much smaller backup generator. Another important part of this is the willingness to compromise on unnecessary equipment. For instance, for a household, leaving off the TV and the lights saves enough power to run a refrigerator and some small appliances. If it is necessary to have all of the appliances in the house on at the same time you will want to buy a larger diesel generator. The cost will be that the larger the unit the more diesel the generator will consume.

Fuel efficiency is something to consider when choosing a diesel generator because the availability of more fuel is not always guaranteed and the cost factor needs to be considered. Smaller inverter type generators are more efficient than the larger higher wattage diesel generators. These inverter generators are best for delicate electronics like computers because they control the output in order to keep a steady stream with little or no spiking.

You will also need to establish if you require a single phase generator or a three phase generator. Three phase generators are ideal for heavy duty industrial, agricultural, commercial, and professional applications that require intensive, constant power from the three phase generator. Though you’ll have to invest more up front than when purchasing a single phase generator, a three phase diesel generator will help you get the most trying tasks completed with efficient, constant, and safe power. A single phase generator is most often required in a residential or small office situation. Single phase generators normally run all the smaller appliance and equipment power requirements, whereas a three phase generator will power the larger equipment and machinery required in the commercial and industrial sectors.

You can decide decide whether you are wanting a backup generator or you require a prime power generator. Backup generators are used in the event the grid power, the primary source of power, is lost. Therefore living up to its name, backup generator. A prime power generator application is used as the primary source of power, sometimes used continuously. The application determines the use of a backup generator or a prime power generator.

The last thing to consider is the amount of noise the diesel generator puts out. Although not strictly a functional issue there is a quality of life issue to this matter. If you have a home far from neighbours, then noise is less of an issue but if you live in the city or suburbs there are other people to consider as well as your own comfort. Diesel generators have come a long way in reducing sound levels. Sound attenuation is a desirable factor when installing the diesel generator that best works for your particular application