Recent Natural Disasters Spark a Renewed Interest in Emergency Generators

Hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, blizzards—severe weather can interrupt power service for hours or even days. Without electricity, business usually comes to a complete halt while costs escalate. A reliable power source can keep computers, lights, heating units, pumps, freezers and medical equipment running. Your electrical load determines what type of generator suits your needs.

Emergency generators are either permanently installed or portable. Permanent generators must be professionally installed, as they are hard-wired into the electrical system of your house or business. Portable generators require manual start up and fuel re-supply for extended use.

Both types of generators can produce upwards of 115dB, while most Sound Ordinance laws limit extended noise to 60dB during daylight hours and 50dB at night. Limitations vary greatly, especially for evening hours, so check your local codes and have your unit measured for sound output. Some generators are equipped with the manufacturer’s acoustic enclosure; others may require one of the following solutions to comply with code.

– Sound Isolation packages blanket the unit to absorb the sound and keep it from escaping.

– Barriers, such as a properly ventilated housing unit or building, block the sound while preventing toxic exhaust fumes from accumulating.

– Fencing, such as cement block, creates a wall that reduces excessive sound.

Preparing your home or business for an emergency should include your reliance on electricity. If an emergency generator fits your needs, be sure to check local sound ordinance laws and the options available for meeting those limits. When the unexpected strikes, a generator will be on guard for the safety of your home or business–quietly.