It is now mainstream knowledge that global weather patterns are shifting, causing damage to power supplies and buildings. This, coupled with the increased global population, is straining energy infrastructures in major cities across the world.

Starting and running a business takes a lot of effort. Most business owners don’t consider having a backup generator. It may be uncommon to have the power go out in your office building, but, it does happen. It’s better to be prepared for any surprise.

You don’t want your business operations to come to a halt until power is restored. The best time to address the need for a backup generator is in the planning stages of your business. If you have not invested in a backup generator, here is why you it’s worth a consideration.

1. Prevention significant loss of data, information or research.

If your business is data intensive or stores sensitive customer data that are accessed constantly, consistent power supply is a must. You can’t compromise on that. Generators typically switch on within ten seconds of a power outage.

In delicate experiments and research any amount of downtime can destroy years of time invested in the research. This can ultimately cost a company millions of dollars or months of time invested in a specific experiment. The best approach for a research or data business is an investment in a backup generator that can avoid any disruption.

2. Consistent power for business productivity. 

This is pretty obvious. The one thing every business strives for is consistent and improved productivity. Power disruption can bring a business to a halt. No business wants that. Business operations freeze when power is disrupted. Your best bet is always a standby generator. Make the most of time every productive day. In the event of a minor, short-term power outage, a backup generator can ensure that business can continue as normal until the power turns back on.

As a business owner, what measures have you taken to protect your company’s productivity and profits in the event of a power outage? Think business critical. What can’t your business live without? As opposed to running all business operations on emergency power when you have to depend on backup generator.

Related: When You May Need to Look Into an Emergency Power System

3. Cost savings on business property.

Power in your business building is needed for business properties including computers, electrical appliances, equipment, security systems, A/C units, and other items that are run by electricity. Power interruptions can cause electric powered properties to malfunction. And you may have to replace some of them anytime there is an unexpected power outage.

The combined costs associated with other forms of backup power for your properties could be higher than those associated with having a backup generator for the most important ones that can’t be compromised. Not to mention the cost of replacing anything that malfunctioned during the power outage. It may not be practical to backup the entire office building, as doing so would be expensive and also reduce the total run time (i.e, fuel supply) for the generator.

On making a selection

There are many variations when making a decision on the right type to buy for your business. Generators are either permanent or portable. Typically, a stationary generator would need to be placed on a concrete pad at the exterior of your office building. Units can be both purchased or leased. They are powered by either natural gas or diesel fuel.

And you typically want your generator to be as close to the main electrical room as possible in order to reduce the length of your conduit pathway and associated construction costs.

In conclusion, having a backup generator is akin to insurance. Hopefully, you’ll never have to use your generator, but it’s crucial  to have that security blanket in case you ever experience a prolonged power outage.