How to protect your generator from rain?

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A quality generator needs care to perform well and the most important thing in lieu of its care is to save it from rain water and moisture. This is because water is a very good conductor of electricity and it can cause severe issues on the performance of the generator being used as well as the people using that generator. There could be many ways of saving a generator from the water and USA’s Consumer Product Safety Commission recommends saving the generators from rain and moisture to enhance their efficiency and productivity. Some of the ways through which generator could be saved from water are listed below:

  1. Always put your generator at a surface which is level and is not inclined and if it is inclined, it should not exceed an angle of 15 degrees. Even while in this position, the generator should be placed at the higher end thus the water should flow to the lower end.
  2. A canopy should be anchored over the generator with the canopy’s feet driven through with the spike anchors. This is a temporary way of protecting the generator; however, there are now some canopies and camps available in the market which are designed specifically for the generators.
  3. The above-stated canopies have a drawback that if they are used for a long time while the generator is running, there is a lot of carbon monoxide accumulated in the canopy which is highly hazardous. However, this issue has been addressed by the pop-up canopies which provide roof-only protection from rain with adjustable heights allowing more protection from rain while open sides do not accumulate carbon monoxide.
  4. In the case of inclement weather, place a wooden piece under the feet of your quality generator, this will allow the surface beneath the generator to be dry and will thus save the generator from moisture and rain.
  5. Always use the generator under a shade, preferably made of wood so that the generator is not directly open to rain and moisture.
  6. Some of the construction companies and other users of portable generators use moisture sucking elements near the place of the generator which absorbs the moisture from the environment around the generator and thus allows smooth power flow.

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Also, remember….

Generators should not be installed in the garages or near the windows or doors of the house because a running generator produces carbon monoxide equal to a thousand of idling cars and none of us would like to engage thousands of idling cars into or near our house for obvious reasons. Therefore, the best place of installing a generator is outside and away from our houses, but that doesn’t mean the open area space. Instead, there should be a wooden cabin made for the generator but proper exhaust system for evacuation of gases should be fitted in that particular cabin or room.

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Lastly, note that the above-stated method of installation is for the permanent installation of quality generators but if you are using that generator outside temporarily such as on a recreational trip, then the canopy is the best way of shielding the generator from rain and other effects of the elements. Certain companies have now prepared specific canopies for the generator such as Gentent safety canopies for portable quality generators which are very appropriate to be used in every situation.

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