Today’s generators utilize electronics in order to reduce costs as well as to improve performance. These costs are reduced by lower manufacturing costs, fewer components, and lower service repair costs due to faster diagnostic time and replacement of parts. Performance has been improved through smarter generators delivering increased reliability, improved voltage regulation and cleaner power – meaning they are compatible with the electronics in your home. Because you rely so much on electricity in your home for comfort, work and play, knowing that your home generator is always ready with a reliable monitoring service is a smart addition to your generator system.
Generator monitoring services are not new to GenSpring Power. We have been utilizing monitoring services to help customers for many years. Originally, most of our generator monitoring service options were specific to the manufacturer. Now based on demand and technology, almost any generator system can be successfully monitored today by out team. Just as we have selected the best and most reliable generators to offer to our customers, we have also been very careful to select monitoring services that provide both reliability and quality performance.
Cellular monitoring has the advantage of working anywhere reliable cell service is available. In addition, installation is faster and less disruptive to your home since the monitoring system components are self-contained in the generator cabinet. There are two cost components of cellular based monitoring: the initial installed cost of the monitoring system and ongoing monitoring service. The primary disadvantage is the cost of ongoing cellular monitoring service.
Internet monitoring requires a direct connection between the generator and your modem. The primary advantage of internet monitoring is the amount of data and information available to you. The disadvantage is that the system relies on a constant internet connection, a UPS backup for your modem and access to a remote server to operate. And in the event of a utility power interruption, there could be loss of internet service. The costs for internet monitoring includes the initial access to software, installation, and the backup UPS for your modem.
The monitoring system that is best for you depends on many factors – your generator brand, where it’s installed and access to your modem.