My question is, have you ever thought of a backup power generator? My suggestion? You’d better consider it. In our today’s world that everything is bound with power, not having power can be a disaster and make all or major part of a business’s effort for nothing. I recall 2013 winter blackout in most parts of Toronto which took about 2-3 days. I’m sure you can recall the time when your city or another city in your country got hit with natural disaster such as flood or tornado, those also can lead to a blackout. How many individuals, home owners, or business owners are prepared to stay functioning when blackout rolls in?
With global warming ahead of us we can be sure that the weather is getting more unpredictable and yet modern cities with cutting edge technological municipality services are not geared up. So we suggest business owners not to put all faith on city services and be ready for natural or technological disasters leading to a blackout. What you need to take care of when you decide to buy a backup power generator:
1- Check the building codes and regulations first: Before taking any action you need to check with the building authorities if they have any regulations or manual addressing the use of emergency power equipment. Also look into use of automatic or manual transfer switches and any safety issues regarding the use of power backups. Please be advised that generators should be installed by authorized technicians in accordance with the utility company’s terms and regulation. Make sure of all those parts.
2- Identify the machines and systems that function with power: Search around your business and spot the essential items that keep your business running while the power is out. Computers, lights, pantry appliances, telephones, etc. Also categorize the items that are in use during normal hours and the ones who should operate after business hours.
3- What size of generator: You have the options to choose a generator sized to feed the full electric load of the facility or a generator with transfer switch (automated/manual) that take necessary load of your facility’s electricity to prevent overloading the generator.
4- What kind of fuel: The typical fuel powering generators are either diesel or natural gas each having associated advantages and disadvantages. To figure out what type of fuel you need to choose from, you need to speak with a utility company, engineer, electrician, or a sales consultant who are expert in this field. Again, the choice of fuel has a lot to do with the building codes and permissions so you seek the advice of authorities to choose the right generator.
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