Fortunately, the power supply in the UK is usually reliable. Nevertheless, circumstances which may lead to electrical failure or power loss can still occur. The results of a power loss can be very disruptive to your business operations and consequently lead to lack of productivity and financial loss. For this reason, investing in a UPS system will help to protect your business operations. Additionally, a UPS will help to reduce general energy loss by up to 55%, it’ll all reduce data loss. In conclusion, a UPS system will ultimately reinforce stable business development and growth, offering protection against unforeseen circumstances with the power in your building. This article will assist you with the selection of a UPS.
What is a UPS System?
UPS stands for Uninterruptible Power Supply or Uninterruptible Power Source. In its simplest form a UPS system acts as an emergency power support if your main electrical supply encounters a problem. For instance, a power cut, a surge, or a blip. The UPS will maintain power supply to any equipment it supports. The unit will allow you time to correctly shutdown your computers or network system to prevent loss of work and damage to high end computers.
It’s important to realise, the amount of time the UPS can support your system is highly dependent on the design and size. Furthermore the number of batteries available, and if it’s assisted by a back up generator. For these reasons, it’s critical to consider all factors when selecting a UPS system.
Selection Of UPS
There is a big misconception regarding UPS units. Some people believe their only beneficial for large entities/businesses. However, if your company relies on electrical power to execute critical tasks then a UPS will be advisable. Furthermore, if a temporary power cut brings your business to a stand-still then a UPS should be taken into consideration.
Often, financial constraint and limited space play a role in most company’s decision to not invest in a UPS. However, the advancement in technology is leading to smaller and affordable units.
Not all elements of your main electrical system must be supported by the UPS. The best areas to cover are your critical services, for instance, high end computers that can be damaged by a sudden loss of power.
UPS Upgrade Scenarios
As your business expands, the demand of technology will increase. Therefore, additional electrical power will be required. If the UPS is not upgraded as your business grows, the pre-existing UPS will quickly become overloaded. Inevitably, the unit will start to malfunction and eventually fail to protect some critical hardware.
To overcome this hurdle in the future its vital that the initial design of your UPS system allows future growth and changes. If done correctly, the UPS can easily be upgraded with additional elements or a new system to work alongside the existing.
Planning for future growth does not mean you have to purchase a large UPS. as previously advised if designed correctly, the units can be upgraded. Your initial installation should focus on your business’ current needs and near future needs. By doing this you will be able to predict potential issues, thus giving you the ability to keep them under control.
UPS Life Span
As UPS systems play a crucial part in the performance of your business, its critical that their well looked after to maintain their life span. Below is a list of what you should consider when purchasing a UPS Unit.
The batteries in a UPS unit are designed to operate with a certain temperature. Ideally between 20°C - 25°C.
Dust Build up
Much alike computers, over time the fan of a ups can be clogged by dust build up. You must consider regular professional cleaning. This will help maintain the life span of the unit.
In addition to regular cleaning, regular preventative maintenance should be conducted. You must inspect the system to monitor operation and replace faulty parts before they lead to a catastrophic fault.
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