Power outages, even for a single hour, costs the commercial industry huge unprecedented losses. If you are a business owner, having a power backup plan to run your business during unexpected power outages is the best decision you could ever make. Power outages happen for various reasons, including natural triggers such as during heavy rains. You never know when the next power blackout will occur and how long it will last, and that could cost you many customers and sales. If you are contemplating heading to a generator shop to buy a power generator for your business, here is a guide that will be helpful.
Consider the power requirements of your business.
Power requirements vary from one business to another. That is why energy bills are not the same for every business owner. For instance, a restaurant requires energy for lighting, refrigerators, cookers, and other electronically powered cooking appliances, which is high compared to a clothes store that may require power for lighting needs only and maybe for the air cooling system. When buying a power backup generator for your business, take time to calculate your business’s power needs with the generator expert so that you can choose the right one specifically for your business type.
As a business owner, you know that everything about your business operations requires adequate planning, including budgeting. Therefore, buying a power generator is not just something you wake up and do, even if it is vital for your business. You need to budget so that you can source the right one for your business. You need to understand the costs of different types of generators and the cost implications of running each. That way, you will buy what you can afford to maintain as well.
When choosing a generator for your business power backup needs, you may have two options-a diesel or petrol liquid powered one. A diesel-powered generator may be the best commercial generator because of the fuel affordability and fuel consumption efficiency compared to other fuel alternatives. Plus, diesel is easily accessible even in remote locations. It is easy to store on-site, is less-damaging to the generator over time, and is safer to use even for the employees. That minimizes your entire business operation costs.
The generator type
Do you want a stand by generator or an inverter (portable) generator? The stand by generator is the permanently installed one that automatically provides power back up when there is a power outage. On the contrary, inverter generators are diesel-fueled, are portable, and you can use them as a power source in remote locations or when holding outdoor business events. Here, you will decide based on your intended use but ensure you consider the cost implications of each.
Safety features are must considerations when buying a power generator. The most modern generators usually have an inbuilt sensor that detects high gas levels causing the generator to automatically shut off for safety reasons. In a standby generator, an automatic start sensor allows the generator to automatically start if there is a power outage from the main source. You should ensure that the generator has such critical features before you buy it.
The bottom line
Since you may not be conversant with how generators work, you should discuss what options are best for your business with the company’s generator expert before making the final purchase.