Portable vs. Standby Power Systems
Are you considering purchasing a generator power system for your business? There are many types of generators available on the market today, but it can be challenging to know which one is right for your needs. Valley Power Systems of California is here to help you make the best decision.
As you navigate your generator options, you will notice that there are quality portable and standby models for you to choose from. Both of these systems are capable of supplying the necessary power when you need it most, but they do have distinct differences that might make one a better fit for your power requirements than the other. With this guide, you can feel confident that you have the knowledge that you need to make an informed purchase for your business.
Portable Power Systems
Portable generators are designed to be more compact and lightweight than traditional units. This makes them less expensive to purchase at the outset, which can make them a more attractive option for those who are budget-minded. These flexible systems can also be moved from place to place wherever a power supply is needed. This makes them ideal for using on remote construction sites where there’s limited or no access to the main power grid. You should also keep in mind that portable generators are operated manually, so you or an authorized employee must be available to turn on the system when you need it.
Many of these systems run off gasoline, which can be a concern with today’s rising fuel costs. All generators also release a poisonous gas called carbon monoxide (CO). This gas is virtually undetectable by humans, so you must be extra cautious where you decide to place a portable unit. It should be at least 15 to 20 feet away from any doors, windows, or vents to minimize human exposure to CO.
You will also need to ensure that your portable unit is protected from the elements wherever it is. Moisture exposure can result in rust and corrosion that can cause irreparable damage to your system. Fortunately, there are various high-quality weatherproof generator enclosures that are available on the market today. At Valley Power Systems, we can help you choose the right portable unit and enclosure for your needs.
Standby Power Systems
Standby generators are permanently installed power systems. They are generally installed on a raised concrete pad under a generator enclosure to protect from the elements. While standby systems are significantly more expensive than portable units, they do offer other benefits that can outweigh the initial investment. One of the greatest advantages of a standby unit is that it can run automatically thanks to an automatic transfer switch. This switch will sense when there is a power loss and then automatically shift the power load to the generator. This is incredibly convenient should you be off-site and need immediate power at your facility. You won’t have to worry about rushing over to turn on the system. And with remote monitoring, you can keep an eye on your standby unit wherever you are—and make adjustments with just the touch of a button.
Standby models are also designed to be long-lasting power systems. They are made with durable parts and components to withstand many years of use. With regular maintenance, you can maximize your investment even further. These systems are also typically fueled by natural gas or diesel, which can be cheaper than gasoline, depending on fluctuations in the market.
Since these systems are more of an investment, it’s essential to ensure that you purchase the right sized unit. Many business owners make the mistake of purchasing a small unit to begin with to save money, but they quickly outgrow the system’s capacity. You don’t want to waste valuable funds on a generator that won’t fit your power requirements a few years down the line. If you overextend the generator repeatedly, it will quickly wear down and eventually need replacement. However, you also don’t want a system that is much too large for your needs. A larger generator will not only cost you more to purchase, but it will also cost more to operate, unnecessarily wasting energy that you don’t really need.
It can be challenging to know exactly what size of generator you need. The pros from Valley Power Systems can analyze your power requirements and help you choose a unit that fits your business now while leaving some room for future growth.
The Importance of Preventative Maintenance
Like the engine in a new car, the engine in your generator requires regular maintenance to keep it running at its best. Once you have selected a unit for your business, you should make sure that your maintenance needs are covered, too. A generator will require its first oil change after so many service hours—as recommended by the manufacturer. Then, it will need periodic maintenance to enhance its performance. Our technicians can help you design a maintenance schedule that works for your needs and budget.
Generator maintenance includes:
- Oil changes: Regular oil changes are vital to maximizing the lifespan of your engine. Oil lubricates your engine and reduces friction between moving parts. As oil degrades, it becomes less effective, and components can wear down much more quickly. Be sure to ask our technicians how often your system should have its oil changed. Sticking to this schedule will help keep your power system in peak condition over the years.
- Battery inspections: Over time, your battery capacity can diminish. Your system may fail to start or start up roughly. Our team will ensure your battery will be able to keep up with your power needs. If not, we will provide a prompt replacement.
- Filter inspections: A dirty filter can wreak havoc on your system. Filters are designed to keep dirt, dust, and other air contaminants away from your engine. A clogged filter will be unable to keep these at bay, allowing debris to enter your engine. This can cause increased wear and tear, and your system may break down much sooner than expected.
- Engine exercises: Running your engine on a regular schedule will help keep the battery charged and help identify performance issues before they become a major problem.
- Leak checks: Leaks can cost your business a ton of money in lost energy. We have the tools, equipment, and knowledge to uncover hidden leaks and repair them for you quickly.
- Coolant refills: When your coolant level drops too low, the engine could overheat and result in severe damage. Our techs will make sure that your coolant is within the recommended level. We also perform coolant sampling and flushes to ensure coolant quality.
Your Power System Provider in California
Whether you want a portable unit or a standby system, Valley Power Systems offers the power solutions you need. We’re proud to serve businesses throughout California. Our knowledgeable sales associates can answer any of your questions about our products and help match you with the right one for your facility. We also offer customized maintenance packages to keep your unit running at its best.
Contact us today to learn more about our portable and standby products.