As the father of an autistic child, I have been faced with more than a few necessary home modifications projects. Unfortunately, with the high cost of raising a special needs child and my wife's decision to stay home and raise our son, there simply was no room in our budget to hire a contractor to complete these projects for us. Each weekend for nearly a year, I would pick a project to work on. This past month, I finally finished every project on my list. After learning more than I thought I would ever know about home construction and repair, I have a new found appreciation for the skills of general and specialty contractors. That is why I decided to start this blog to pay tribute to the job these contractors do, and help to empower more homeowners to take on the role of a contractor in their home.
As you head into the approaching winter weather, it's time to start thinking about protecting your business from power outages and the losses that can come with them. Often, the best way to control your risk factor for things like this is to invest in a backup power generator. After all, a widespread power outage could leave your business crippled for days, which could be financially devastating. Here are some tips to help you choose and care for your generator.
What Kinds of Generators Are There?
The generators available span a range of sizes, from minimal power support of 15 kilowatts or below to full power supply from stand-by generators. The smaller units are best for temporary, minimal power use, while a stand-by generator would allow you to keep everything open and operating as normal if the power cuts out.
What Should You Consider When Choosing a Generator?
Generators are a significant investment, so you want to be sure that you know what you need before you buy. Consider the power demand of your business at the peak operating times, when everything is up and running. You should also carefully consider what equipment you want to have running in the event of a power outage. A commercial electrical contractor can help you with this evaluation. He or she can assess the building, the business and the current power consumption to help you determine how large a generator you need. It's often best to work with a professional for this, because you want to be sure that you get it right the first time.
What Kind of Maintenance Does a Generator Require?
Once you've chosen and installed the right generator, you'll need to make sure that it's ready to respond to a power outage at any time. Keep sufficient fuel supplies on hand at all times, and use a fuel stabilizer to keep it in good condition if you'll be storing it over time.
Put a maintenance schedule into place to clean and test the generator. This process is typically best done by a professional electrician, because he or she will be trained to spot the signs of wear and other issues in the generator if there are any. By having it inspected and serviced once or twice a year, you'll have the confidence that it's ready to step up if the power grid goes down in a storm.
If you want to keep your business up and running in the face of a widespread power outage, a generator is the best investment. With the tips presented here, you can choose and care for a generator that will protect your business.Share
19 November 2015