Time for a backup plan! How to choose a generator for your company



Time for a backup plan! How to choose a generator for your company

Owning a business comes with a lot of challenges. And an endless electricity supply is one of them. With everything being done digitally nowadays, a power outage could cause you to lose more than just time. Things don’t always go according to plan, and depending on the area or industry you operate in, power interruptions can be more frequent than others. This is why a backup plan is absolutely essential.

Finding the perfect generator to help solve your problems can sometimes be daunting. There are so many technicalities involved in purchasing such an impactful piece of equipment, so whatever the reason for your generator purchase is, do your research beyond the obvious questions of size, cost and preference.  


Here is a guide to help you select the right generator to best suit your needs:


  • Which fuel type do you need: diesel or petrol

Before you can make any decisions, you need to know what your generator will be used for. If you are a small company, buying something that is over your budget is not necessary as it may just be used for basic operational purposes. However, with bigger businesses that rely on energy to be able to produce a product or deliver a service, it is important to find something that offers little maintenance with better longevity and durability. Although a diesel generator is more expensive, it is more fuel and cost-efficient.

Whether you start it up every now and then or you only use it for emergency jobs, bigger businesses should run off diesel and smaller businesses should run off petrol. Along with your fuel type, you also need to determine the capacity of the fuel tank that you want. This will help you determine how much fuel is needed to provide a specific amount of electricity for your services. Of course, different generators will have different consumption rates so test out all your options and do your research beforehand.


  • Which option would you prefer: stationary or portable

Again, the type of generator you buy needs to complement your services. A portable generator can be good for small business requirements and is far cheaper than stationary generators. These are usually a lot smaller and are used as an option for ‘in case’ situations but the business does not rely on generators to make a profit. Stationary generators, on the other hand, are a must-have on site. These come in a variety of different sizes and legal regulations, so be sure to speak to a professional supplier to see what they are and if your company will be able to meet them.


  • Storage facility

Purchasing a generator means that you need to have the space to facilitate it. These machines are not small and they need proper space to work in and need to be stored safely. You need to think about where you’ll place the generator. Along with placement comes noise, size and inconvenience. It cannot be stored indoors because of the harmful gases that they let off, so make sure that you have a designated area that will be big enough for your generator to sit, without getting in the way or being a health hazard. For outdoor and rooftop installations, your company will need to undergo an inspection to see if the space complies with code requirements for minimum distance from combustible walls and building openings.


  • Start method: electric or manual

Depending on the method, some models are difficult to start. Now, in a state of emergency, you don’t want to sit and struggle with getting a machine to start up. So, look for the generator that offers the easiest starting method. For example, the push start can be the best choice. Rope pulls are usually considered to be a secondary choice as these machines can lead to problems and constant maintenance.


  • Budget accordingly

If you’re a first-time generator buyer, consider buying a second-hand generator. With so many considerations to take into account before making a decision, the price only gets more the bigger and more technically advanced you go. Investing in a generator is certainly a long-term decision, so make sure you’ve done your research and spoken to an experienced supplier that can advise you accordingly.


Final words

Generators are very similar to vehicles in the sense that they require constant attention and maintenance. Because these vehicles aren’t always being used, it makes it even more important to have regular maintenance checks throughout the year. When you’ve chosen your machine, make sure that the supplier offers maintenance services or at least recommends a company which does, because if you neglect your machine for long periods, it will result in equipment failure in the worst of times. Analyse your options according to all these questions, because the smallest of detail could make the biggest difference.