Many business owners overlook the importance of emergency power protections until it's too late. When you find yourself in the midst of a power outage without adequate backup power planning, that's when you realize the negative effect on your essential business operations. Whether you've already found yourself in this position or you are looking to reduce the risk of it proactively, the information here will help you. Here are some things to discuss with your commercial electrician about emergency backup power protection.
What Kind Of Backup Do You Want?
There are two primary types of electrical generators that you'll have to choose from for your backup power. You'll have to choose the right style unit for your company's needs.
- Portable Power Generators: Portable generators are smaller units made to power only a few things at a time. If you only have one or two things that you really need to keep running, such as your server room and your company's coolers, this may be enough for your needs. However, portable generators aren't accessible all the time. You have to hook it up after the power goes out, so they aren't the best option if you need to ensure consistent power availability even when you don't have anyone onsite, such as during overnight power outages.
- Standby Generators: Standby generators are the most popular option for most businesses that need alternative emergency power. These generators are permanently placed on your property, and usually installed on a concrete pad or something similar. The generator is then wired to your electrical grid so that it will automatically engage when your main power supply cuts out. These are a great option, because you have nearly seamless power access.
What Do You Need Protected?
The next decision you need to make is what you actually need power supplied to. You can have either generator set up so that it only powers certain things, or you can opt for a standby generator large enough to power the entire building.
If you're going to be selective about it, there are a couple of things to consider.
- Security: Make sure that your security systems are powered at all times. Few things make a property more inviting for criminal behavior than a power outage that has exploited a security system. By integrating yours with your backup power source, you can be sure that your building is protected even when the power goes out.
- Process Essentials: If you're setting up a backup power source anyway, you might as well use it to enable your business to continue operating in the face of the outage. That way, you aren't losing revenue while the power is out. Identify your essential processes for maintaining profitable operation, and add those things to your backup system, too.
- Climate Control: You don't want to have your building without climate control in the middle of the winter or the summer. If you don't incorporate your climate control system into your backup power, that's exactly what will happen if you face an outage. Make sure your commercial electrician connects your heating and cooling system to the generator, too.