05/01/2018 by 
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Guide For Selecting And Sizing Up Commercial Generators For A Hotel

A hotel, much like any other business, must have a solid plan for emergencies. A power outage may occur at any time and it is essential to be prepared when that happens or you risk damaging your reputation. That is why hotels and motels must have emergency backup commercial generators. Extreme heat and cold are both, in part, responsible for power failures and so are natural disasters such as hurricanes or forest wildfires.

A weakened electrical power grid system may also cause some of the outages because of negligence in maintaining the existing infrastructure of the grids. Ill-constructed roads and buildings that hamper the power grid and lines further complicates things. In such a situation, it is almost a necessity to have a backup commercial generator for any business; hotels and motels are not an exception.

Industrial generators are more powerful, so if you have a large hotel to manage and your budget allows you to have it installed, then you should go for an industrial generator. Otherwise, a backup commercial generator works fine as well.

1.    Selecting A Backup Generator

The most important aspect of buying a generator is the power requirement for your hotel. You need to assess or have an assessment done to figure out the total surge and rating (starting and running) wattage for your hotel. If you end up buying a backup commercial generator without having this assessment done, you risk spending too much money. You may end up with a commercial generator that takes a huge chunk of your budget and remains underutilized. You end up wasting hard earned money on a device you do not require.

Alternatively, you may also have too little a generator that does not fulfill your total wattage/power requirements. The backup commercial generator will be a loss in itself and the electrical appliances and HVAC or lighting systems that you are trying to operate with it may fail as the generator is not designed to run all that machinery all at once. It may even crash under the load.

2.    How To Size It Up

Sizing up a generator is not as easy as it looks if you decide to do it yourself. A technician or engineer who follows (National Electric Code) NEC’s guidelines to installation, use and sizing is your best and safest bet to ensure that your generator is installed correctly and runs longer (with regular maintenance). Any safety equipment will also be installed by the engineer or technician to make sure you don’t violate NEC’s standards.

The critical items of the power list are evaluated by the technician to be used in calculating the total requirement for powering the hotel. If you decide to go it alone, it may prove a hassle as you would have to make a list of all appliances including HVAC units, electrical appliances, lights and any other things of crucial importance. Then you would have to calculate their power readings (wattage) which includes surge and rating wattage.

Not all appliances have kW readings mentioned, they may have amperes mentioned, in which case you would have to convert them to kW and work it through.

To save yourself from this hassle, have these test and relevant commercial generator recommendations and their installation done by All Source Services!