Everything You Need To Know About Commercial Backup Generators

MaintenX is headquartered in Tampa, Florida, where our local homes and businesses are at high risk during hurricane season. While major storm damage is a rare occurrence, we often experience power outages that can last days or even weeks in dire circumstances. It is for this reason that Florida locals know the importance of backup generators in the summertime. 

Why You Need A Commercial Generator 

Even if you are not in a hurricane or storm-prone region of the country, having a backup generator is a good idea for your commercial facility. Power outages can be caused by many things other than storms, and it only takes one outage for you to regret the decision not to purchase one in advance. If you don’t currently have a backup generator at your facility, here’s what you need to know before shopping: 

Portable vs. Standby Generators

Backup generators come in many different shapes and sizes. Portable generators are most common for home use because of their smaller size and lower power capacity, while standby generators are more common for large or essential businesses. 

If you operate a small facility that only needs power for a few pieces of essential equipment, a portable generator may be enough for you. However, if you operate a large or essential facility, a standby generator may be worth the investment. 

Portable Generators Standby Generators
Affordable (priced between $500 – $2000) Expensive 
Small and out of the way Requires more space 
Does not require professional installation Requires professional installation
Loud motor during use Typically quieter than portable generators
Must be set up manually during an outage Generates backup power automatically 
Can only generate power for a few small appliances or pieces of equipment  Able to power an entire facility for several days or weeks
Fuel is affordable and easy to replace May require specialized fuel
Low maintenance Requires professional maintenance

The Different Fuel Types for Backup Generators

Once you’ve chosen the right size and style of generator for your business, you’ll want to look into different fuel types. The most common fuel types include gasoline, propane, and diesel fuel. Gasoline is most commonly used for portable generators, but is sometimes used for larger models. Propane generators are oftentimes easier to maintain and require less frequent refueling, but if propane is not readily available in your area you may want to consider a different option. 

No matter what generator you choose, you need to be vigilant about its maintenance. A properly maintained generator can last for many years and keep you safe when it matters most. Talk to your local MaintenX team to learn about commercial generator maintenance services in your area. 

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