Choosing a Backup Generator for Your Business

wasting-powerThe majority of businesses are heavily reliant on electricity for their smooth functioning. It doesn’t matter how big or small your business is. A power cut can have disastrous consequences if you’re not properly prepared for the situation, and even a small 25 hour power cut can make the difference between a profitable and unprofitable quarter. Remember that the operating expenses of your business don’t go on hold just because the power is out. You still need to pay your employees’ salaries and the rent on your commercial property. Having the right backup generator will weather the power cut and allow your business to continue functioning.

Essential Equipment and Systems

Think about what you need to keep your business operating in the event of a power cut.  Power is usually needed for ventilation, air conditioning, heating, industrial equipment and alarm systems. In an office environment, power will also be needed for computers, printers and other office equipment. If your building has a sprinkler system or a kitchen with fridges and freezers, these appliances should also be considered.

Style of Generator

If you’re looking for a commercial grade generator, these can be custom built based on the needs of your business. The utility power into a business is usually ‘three phase’ and this means that it can support a larger electrical demand. Very small businesses and homes usually need a ‘single phase’ utility power to support 120/240 volt electronics and appliances. You should purchase a generator that matches the incoming utility voltage of your business, and restore power to the first electrical panel (where electricity enters your business) and the second electrical panel (that distributes power throughout the office area). Always buy backup generators from reputable retailers like Critical Power Supplies. They are investment items and will be relied on in the event of a power cut.

Building Codes and Other Requirements

Before you commit to making a purchase, ask your local building departments and your current electrical provider whether there are any regulations relating to backup generators. There may be requirements regarding the use of manual or automatic transfer switches, and only specific business personnel should be responsible for their use. Any mechanical disconnecting means should also be properly regulated in order to keep company employees safe when they are working to restore power. The generator should only be installed by a qualified technician, in accordance with national electric and building codes.

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About Dequiana Jackson

Dequiana Jackson, Founder of Inspired Marketing, Inc., helps overachieving women entrepreneurs conquer limiting beliefs and create marketing plans that grow their businesses. This includes one-on-one marketing plan development, digital product creation, web design and content marketing. Dequiana is the author of Know Your Business: How to Attract Ideal Clients & Sell More and runs the award-winning blog, Entrepreneur-Resources.net.

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  1. thank you so much for this thread i was wondering this post since the time i bought generator.

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