If the power goes out, will your business power through, or risk customers and revenue by shutting down? Outages can last days, and a power generator that can help you weather the storm represents an essential component of your business's safety net, keeping crucial systems up and running so that you can deliver consistent service in any situation.

There are two main options when choosing a generator, depending on your needs: portable and standby. The main difference is in the amount of power they provide, and how quickly this power gets delivered back to your system after an outage.

Types of commercial generators


Portable generators are meant to power only a few essential appliances, and must be started and refueled manually. Although they are less costly, in the event of an emergency, an employee will need to be on-site before the generator can be used. Portable models can be used by directly plugging in appliances, or installed through a subpanel to power selected circuits. An important consideration with portable generators is protection against carbon monoxide buildup, by placing the generator at least 10 feet away from buildings or coverings.


For increased ease of use and peace of mind, you can opt for a permanent standby generator. Standby generators have greater capacity, suitable for powering multiple systems, or even an entire business. A standby generator can be wired into an automatic transfer switch, allowing it start up automatically as soon as a power failure is detected. This is especially important if your business relies on keeping critical systems, such as computer servers, refrigerators or medical equipment, running with minimal downtime.

When installed by licensed electricians, a backup power generator represents a safe and reliable way to ensure your business remains operational in the event of an emergency. We can help you choose the right generator for your needs, and provide professional installation and maintenance, so that it's ready to go when you need it.