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What You Need to Know About Generators for Restaurants

Steve Hensen

Steve Hensen

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Power loss is inevitable. Weather changes and natural hazards are beyond our control. However, we have in charge of how to navigate around the unavoidable circumstances for business growth.

As a restaurant owner, customer satisfaction and comfort is the pillar of your business. You have to go the extra mile to offer protection to your customers at all costs. Power failure is one such calamity.

 As you read on, we give you tips on how to ensure this doesn’t affect your business operation. 

How to handle power failure in your restaurant business

  • Invest in a backup generator
  • Use renewable sources of energy for lighting
  • Disconnect all appliances
  • Have kitchen appliances that use other forms of energy

Although all these are great tips, the inconveniences are way too much.

The first option is a must. If you are to continue your business as usual, then a generator is an ideal investment for your restaurant.

 It is safe during an emergency; moreover, they use the same electrical system as the one that powers the national greed.

You only cater to the installation cost. It saves you unnecessary charges. You are out to make profits, meaning anything that will drive you to more business income is welcome with open arms.

The possibility your restaurant is located in the apartment is very high. In case it’s a leased building, space is of the essence.

Therefore, look for a generator that will not cause disturbances or inconvenience other users in the building. Three types of generators come in handy for you to make a valuable choice. Here they are

  1. Standby generator

Just as the name suggests, this is a plan B, source of power.

 It’s compatible with the electrical system such that when you have a blackout, it’s like that is a switch to the generator.

It automatically turns on and continues to provide current to working appliances. In fact, your customers may even fail to notice there is power loss.

If you are sure of the current electricity supply, this is the option for the following advantages.

  • Protects your appliances against power surge
  • It’s powered by gas, diesel, or petrol
  • Boost electricity within seconds of power loss
  • Monitors power supply
  • Ideal for safety areas like lighting, elevators, and fire protection units
  • Works on a dual functionality-automated switch and standby power appliance

Its main disadvantage it cannot replace elasticity in totality. It can work for a few days – at most a week-nonstop, more than that time, you are bound to incur a lot of maintenance costs. 

  • Inverter generator

An inverter generator uses a different principle in the power supply. Its inbuilt engine has an alternator that produces Alternating current.

Besides, it also has a rectifier for the same purpose. It’s a portable kind of generator which, from the look of things, has minimal power to run all appliances.

It’s ideal for a small restaurant with a low budget in such value addition appliances.

Moreover, it may not power all your appliances at the same time. But, do you need all the appliances working during the short period of power rage? What is its advantage to a restaurant?

  • Runs on the AC to DC power conversion
  • Saves energy, thanks to automated services that consume less fuel
  • You can set to the right voltage to suit your restaurant needs
  • Portable and lightweight
  • Ideal for the outside catering unit of your restaurant

From the advantages, you can gauge that this is a short-term power back up plan. You invest in it when on a small budget.

Also, if you are sure of a constant power supply during the working hours, then it’s the best choice. If not, then reconsider the purchase of this electrical system.

3. Portable generators

As long as you use diesel or fuel as the source of energy for a generator, then consider that as a portable generator.

 It’s a temporary option during power loss. The difference between the three mentioned generators is the fact that it uses combustion electricity. Why should restaurants consider this option?

  • Ideal for remote location restaurants
  • It’s used via the sockets to power current
  • It’s compatible with the electricalsystem to act as electricity with no power surges
  • Has full control of its speed
  • Handle both the lighting and the cooking systems with minimal effort.

Portable generators are a temporary measure due to its power output level.

With the many options in the market, it’s vital to run due diligence on the generators in the market and choose the best option that suits your business.

If you have no idea, consider the following tips.

  • Look at the rate of the power outage in your area
  • Consider the power output vs. buying cost
  • Installation and maintenance costs
  • Size, weight and the available space

Give customers value for their money. Imagine when your customers are in darkness in the middle of a meal, and you have no backup plan for lighting.

What of food stored in the refrigerator?

Can you afford the cost of lack of a generator?

Do you know that alone is a reason to lose the market for your business?

 It proves inadequate planning session. Besides, it gives the customers an impression of a lack of value for your customers. Generators are a must-have appliance for all restaurants. 


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