Remote Monitoring and Generator Accessories

Remote Monitoring and Control Capabilities

In today's fast-paced, technology-driven world, homeowners are constantly seeking ways to enhance the comfort, convenience, and safety of their homes. Commercial-grade home standby generators have emerged as a reliable solution to ensure uninterrupted power during unexpected outages. These robust systems not only provide peace of mind but also offer advanced features such as remote monitoring and control capabilities, taking homeowners' power backup experience to the next level.

With remote monitoring and control capabilities, homeowners can effortlessly monitor and manage their standby generators from the comfort of their own homes or even while on the go. This feature is made possible through cutting-edge technology and user-friendly interfaces that enable seamless communication between homeowners and their standby generators.

Imagine being able to check the status of your generator, receive real-time alerts, and control its functions with just a few taps on your smartphone or tablet. Remote monitoring ensures that homeowners are always informed about their generator's performance, maintenance needs, and any potential issues. This allows for proactive action, ensuring that the generator is always in optimal condition and ready to provide reliable power whenever needed.

In addition to monitoring, remote control capabilities enable homeowners to conveniently adjust various settings of their standby generator. Whether it's modifying the exercise schedule, changing the load priority, or activating certain features, all can be done remotely. This flexibility and control put homeowners in charge of their backup power system and enable them to customize it to their specific needs and preferences.

Standby generators from Cummins Power Generation have built-in remote monitoring delivered to your smartphone, tablet, or computer. Simply ask your installer to connect the generator to your home’s WIFI for an Internet connection. Cummins has a free app for smartphones and tablets that can be programmed to send alerts while also enabling you to adjust various settings. 

View of Cummins app on smartphone for generator monitoring and control

Alternatively, homeowners can purchase a wall-mounted remote monitor (see below) enabling the monitoring of generator status or adjusting settings such as exercise schedules.

Cummins wall-mounted remote display for monitoring generator status

Remote monitoring and control capabilities from Cummins Power Generation are revolutionizing the way homeowners interact with their Cummins home standby generators. This advanced feature provides real-time information, remote control, and enhanced security, empowering homeowners to stay connected and in control of their power backup solution. With this level of convenience and peace of mind, homeowners can confidently face unexpected power outages, knowing that uninterrupted power is just a tap away.

Cold Weather Considerations and Winterization

It is crucial to understand that extreme cold can affect the starting capabilities of your generator. Batteries tend to lose their capacity in freezing temperatures, making it challenging for the generator to initiate and start. To combat this issue, homeowners can invest in a battery warmer or heater pad to maintain optimal battery temperature. A warm battery ensures a quick start when you need it the most.

Cummins Power Generation has designed its generators to operate out of the box in freezing temperatures down to 0 °F without a battery warmer. If you live south of the Mason Dixon line or in an area where cold, freezing temperatures last only a few days, a battery warmer may not be required.

Homeowners living in the northern tier of the United States often experience freezing temperatures for weeks at a time necessitating the installation of cold weather equipment. Cummins offers cold-weather equipped versions for each of its generator models, enabling them to operate in temperatures as low as -40°F.

Diesel Generator Considerations
The fuel system of a diesel generator also requires special attention during winter months. Diesel fuel can become gelled or waxed in cold temperatures. This can hinder the fuel flow and cause a shutdown. To prevent this, it is important to use winter-grade fuel or add a fuel additive specifically designed to prevent fuel gelling.

Cold weather considerations and winterization are vital for homeowners with a home standby generator. By taking the necessary precautions, such as investing in battery warmers, using winter-grade diesel fuel or additives can ensure an uninterrupted power supply throughout the winter months. Proper winterization not only keeps your generator running smoothly but also provides peace of mind during power outages in the harshest of weather conditions.

Noise Reduction Techniques

One issue homeowners encounter is the noise generated by these powerful machines. The constant humming and buzzing can be a major nuisance, especially if the generator is located near living and sleeping areas. However, fear not, as there are several noise reduction techniques that can help mitigate this problem and ensure a more peaceful environment for you, your family, and neighbors.
  1. Generator Selection - Standby generators from Cummins Power Generation have built-in noise reduction with sound attenuated enclosures to keep generator noise at a minimum. The popular Cummins RS20A 20kW air-cooled generator is, in fact, the quietest air-cooled generator on the planet. While running at full speed, the noise output of the RS20A is just 65 60 dB(A). Competitors will produce more noise with some models rated at 70 60 dB(A) and higher. Larger liquid-cooled whole house generators from Cummins are even quieter. The Cummins RS30 is rated at 60 dB(A).
  2. Generator Positioning - Another effective noise reduction technique is to position the generator away from living and sleeping areas to significantly reduce the noise impact. However, relocating a standby generator to reduce the impact of noise can add to installation costs. Built-in noise reducing technologies from Cummins Power Generation enable homeowners to position the generator in the most optimum location to keep installation costs down.
  3. Routine Maintenance - Regular maintenance and servicing of the generator can also contribute to noise reduction. A professional generator service technician can ensure that all components are properly lubricated and that any loose or worn-out parts are promptly replaced. Regular maintenance not only ensures the smooth operation of the generator but also helps minimize noise levels.

The implementation of these noise reduction techniques plays a crucial role in ensuring a peaceful and comfortable living environment while on generator power.

Cummins Power Generation leads the industry in noise reducing technologies allowing homeowners to enjoy uninterrupted power without compromising on peace and tranquility in your home.

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