Using Backup Generators
Choosing the Right Backup Generator - Business Owners
Identify essential systems and equipment – What do you need to keep your business operating?
Some systems may only be needed during business hours, such as lights, computers, ventilation system, and other office equipment. Other systems and equipment may need to operate continuously such as alarm systems, refrigerators and freezers, sump pumps and sprinkler systems.
Choose the generator’s fuel source
Backup generators are typically powered by either diesel fuel or natural gas. Talk with your utility company or another informed consultant who knows what kind of generator may be needed based on the building’s specifications.
Choose the generator’s size
Generators must be sized to either handle the full electric load of the building, or with an automated or manual transfer switch to prevent the generator from overloading.
Determine any utility requirements or building codes
Before you purchase or rent a generator, ask your utility company and local building departments if they have regulations that govern the use of emergency power equipment. Generators should be installed by qualified technicians in accordance with all regulations and codes.