Don’t Let Cold Gain a Foothold

Always Have a Back-Up Power and Heating Plan for Your Business

It’s easy to put off something that may or may not happen.

But it’s smart and fiscally responsible to plan for something that eventually will.

Each autumn, experienced facilities managers and business owners begin looking toward the long winter ahead and review plans for snow removal, snowmelt flooding, floorcare, as well as emergency management plans for a loss of power and heat.

As winter approaches, the focus for facility managers and business owners should be on a potential loss of power or heating failure because without a plan for both, they’ll not only be jeopardizing the health and safety of workers or residents in the building, but the building as well.

A temporary heating and power solution in place at your facility, apartment building or business gives your employees, residents, and customers peace of mind knowing that they and their property will be protected in an emergency. In addition to offering peace of mind, facility managers and business owners who undertake a temporary power and heating plan will also restore operations much sooner by minimizing downtime and significantly reduce the risk of capital loss. The longer one waits to begin the recovery process, the more damage and repair costs will rise.

Premier equipment rental companies like Herc Rentals have power and climate control experts on hand who help customers build a plan for portable, temporary heating and power. This plan entails developing a power and heating plan specific to your building.

12 Questions to Ask When Developing a Back-up Power and Heating Plan


  1. What is the size of the building/facility? If it’s a small office, a compact, portable generator may be all you need. If it’s a large apartment building, hospital or skyscraper, larger, truck-mounted models are capable of supplying electricity for days.
  2. How much power do you need in both volts and amps?
  3. How long will you need temporary power?
  4. Do you need fuel storage?
  5. Do you have a standby generator? If so, has a load bank tested its strength recently?
  6. Do you need help with installation and set-up?


  • What is at the greatest risk if your building/facility loses heat?
  • Will backup generators be necessary?
  • How large is the space that requires temporary heat?
  • Does the layout of your space offer proper air circulation?
  • Where will you store fuel and will you need a fuel storage container?
  • Are there regulations that require specific equipment?

Once your plan is complete, be sure to share it with your operations team. For more information about Herc Rentals, the equipment it provides, or solutions it offers customers, visit now.

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