Power outages are a common and everyday nuisance in our lives over the past few years. People and organizations are equally affected by frequent power failures and are mostly dependant on temporary alternatives for the periods of interruption. We take a look at the pros & cons of a UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply) and provide key points to look at when choosing yours:
- They provide silent power backups. There is no noise of any kind and they provide automatic power backup instantaneously when the electricity goes out.
- They are generally cheaper when compared to generators.
- They do not require regular maintenance; the only part is mostly the battery. If the battery is of good quality it will prolong the life of the UPS and continue providing backup.
- The main issue here is that they are not meant to run heavy appliances, unless you install a system with separate battery banks which would consist of a number of batteries all linked.
- UPS are mostly fit for those areas where power outages usually last an hour or two.
- Low quality batteries may require frequent filling of battery liquid, the battery is the most expensive part of the UPS and if you use low quality batteries you will end up replacing them frequently.
A UPS is not a standard universal product. There are many UPS Systems available and they will not all be suitable to your requirements. We reveal some essential key points you need to consider when choosing a UPS:
UPS Batteries – They come in all types, makes and models so it is important to get something that is fit for your purpose. Keep in mind that poor quality batteries are the leading culprit of UPS failure. Do your research and rather pay a little bit more initially for a good quality battery.
Bespoke UPS Systems – For businesses who have a clear understanding of their current requirements & can look to the future and for larger or more complex networks, a bespoke UPS System provides the optimum solution.
Of The Shelve UPS Systems – For single PC’s or individual servers, there are “off the shelf” UPS systems available. Off the shelf solutions come with pros and cons, and whilst they are often cheaper than a bespoke solution, they do have their restrictions such as the potential inability to evolve with future business needs.
Remote Monitoring Service on the UPS’s – For added peace of mind, a remote monitoring service will automatically detect any changes or errors in your system. This early warning alert can prevent the situation from reaching critical point and keep your business running smoothly.
Maintenance And Servicing – All UPS systems need servicing regularly to make sure they are operating correctly, that there are no faults and that problems are identified before they become a critical failure. Ensure your UPS system is tested regularly and will operate effectively in the event of a power outage.
Every business should have a UPS to avoid the risk of disruption in the event of a power outage. The cost of downtime in financial, organisational and service terms can be catastrophic, and a UPS is a sound investment.
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