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Generators Keep Small Businesses Running

What Small Businesses Should Know About Generators

Whether you are looking at a new or used portable or stand by generator, we promise you an excellent sales and service experience. We even rent equipment, as well as buy used equipment when it is time to upgrade. To get started, stop by our Houston location, call us at 281-962-1023, or visit the Coastal Power & Equipment website.

Weather crises that hit a region are no respecters of persons or of businesses large or small, but small firms with one location are often especially hard hit. A bad storm can disable operations and productivity in several costly ways: it can stop your production, close your offices for a day or weeks, cut off your ability to communicate with customers, and damage climate-sensitive inventory. For even small businesses, the best way to protect your investment is with a generator that restores power during a crisis.

Questions To Ask About Generators

Before buying a unit, there are several questions you should ask to make sure you buy the right generator for your company.

Do you want a portable generator or a permanent standby model? Although selecting a portable model may seem like a good first step for occasional use, a stand by generator is integrated into your HVAC system so that it can automatically switch your facility to generator power in case of emergency. While you must refill a portable generator, an automatic model receives gas or propane via existing gas lines.

How big a generator do you need? While you can employ enough generator power to resume many operations, the price tag may be out of your budget. It is important to prioritize what functions you need immediately so that you buy a model that does the job.

What about the voltage? For commercial applications, you will probably need a three-phase model that operates at 120/208 or 277/480 volts that delivers power into one electrical panel and, using a step down transformer, converts the power to the 120/240 or 120/208 for distribution into areas of the business that use 120/240 volts. Businesses that operate from offices may be able to use single phase models.

Is a generator safe? Generators emit deadly carbon monoxide, which means they must be placed at least 10 feet away from the building and they should be correctly installed in line with the manufacturer's instructions and local building codes.

Are generators noisy? While the noise level varies by model, most generators are noisy. To cut noise, you take steps such as locating the unit away from other structures, installing it on rubber waffle pads to reduce noise, install an exhaust system, and add anti-vibration material to the engine housing. Portable models produce more noise than an automatic stand by generator.

Are generators expensive to run? A generator can be costly to operate, so you should only plan on powering essential items with it, and to prevent waste, using it only when necessary. Incorporating battery operated lighting into your restoration plans might cost less than operating your generators.

Finding Answers To Your Generator Questions

In researching the answers to your question, websites of the major manufacturers such as Generac, Cummins, Caterpillar, Yahama, Kohler, and more offer plenty of basic information that a sales representative will gladly expand upon. You can also go to resellers such as Coastal Power and Equipment for a thoughtful analysis of your needs and concrete recommendations as to what to choose.