Don't get caught in the dark - 7 reasons to invest in a backup generator.
For many of us, we’re lucky enough to experience a consistent and never-ending supply of electricity to power our lives. But, it’s not infallible and when the power’s out, you’re out – out of luck, out of options, and in the most extreme cases, you could also be out of business! Here’s why we think a back-up generator is an investment worth considering.
Which generator is right for you? Find out everything you need to know before choosing.
Increase in severe weather events
Nothing puts the power supply at risk like extreme weather. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, there’s no denying we’re experiencing these more frequently so it’s worth considering how prepared you want to be. And it doesn’t only apply to a good storm lashing in winter; very hot summers and drought have seen hyrdro lakes dry up around the world resulting in forced power outages to save resources.
Again, events in recent years have surely taught us that we are at the mercy of powerful natural forces here in New Zealand that are virtually unpredictable. In the case of a natural disaster, it could be a significant period of time before normal power supply is returned.
No downtime (or at least not much)
Permanent emergency generators that are installed as part of your business’s electrical wiring automatically activate mere seconds after a power failure. (They’ll also automatically shut themselves off once it’s back on and running smoothly). Generators not wired in take a little longer because they have to be manually activated, but the time that takes is negligible in comparison to a prolonged outage that goes for hours…or even days!
Minimise financial loss
Reducing the risk of experiencing downtime means protecting your bottom line. No matter what business you’re in, if operations can continue as normal, you’re not losing income. A backup generator can also be your defence against theft with lighting and security systems remaining operational.
And if you work in dairy or any other foodstuffs business, retaining power prevents food decomposition and loss.
Even as far back as the 1990s when cordless landline phones were all the rage, a power outage meant no line of communication. Nowadays electricity and communications are intrinsically linked because we run on cellphones that need charging, or wifi calling that needs an internet connection, or laptops and computers that also need charging or a mains source.
Health and safety
Related to the previous point, maintaining communications is essential when you need to contact emergency services if a serious accident or health event occurs. But even if that isn’t an issue, electricity brings protection from elements in the form of heating and cooling, and lighting systems to see clearly.
Smooth return to grid power
Backup generators that are wired in typically remain active for several minutes after the power comes back on. This can alleviate some of those common problems with a power restoration such as voltage discrepancies.
We’ve been providing Christchurch, Canterbury and New Zealand with generators for over 30 years. We have a huge range including inverter generators, standard generators, diesel generators, LPG Gas generators and PTO generators anywhere from 1kW right up to 110kW and higher. We specialise in providing bespoke solutions for farmers, businesses and home applications, and can work in with any budget - so let us help you find what you need for your situation today. To find out which type of generator is right for you, download our free guide.