Now the power grid has aged, with new nuclear and renewable replacements yet to fully come in, combined with an increase in thunderstorms, are going to become more frequent. This is a threat to electrical equipment and any data stored on that equipment. Even a short power outage can cause business interruption and data loss. A UPS system offers power protection for businesses allowing equipment to switched off safely and data to be protected. Even homes can benefit from a UPS to protect any plugged in electrical equipment from these risks.
It is important to consider the following factors when deciding which UPS best suits the power protection requirements of a home or business owner:
- Energy efficiency – A high-efficiency charging system and an automatic voltage regulator within certain UPS devices helps reduce power consumption. Some UPS devices offer “green” features such as power saving outlets that automatically turn off idle peripherals.
- Connectivity – Home UPSs can act as important enablers of home network remote management and availability, monitoring a network connection and of automatically cycling power to a smart outlet in order to reboot a hung modem or router. Users no longer need to be at home to physically unplug and restart the frozen device.
- Load – The number of devices (and how much power they use) that are connected to the UPS is known as the load. The more devices you are supporting the more power you need to be stored in batteries.
- Runtime – How long the UPS will support your equipment if the power goes down. The time it takes to guarantee a safe shutdown of a connected computer system so that no data is lost is often all the time that is needed. In other cases, the UPS may need to keep running until the power comes on. This can only be achieved with small loads, as large loads require lots of batteries and it is easier to use a generator instead.
- Size and weight – UPS systems come in all shapes and sizes. Once you know your load and runtime requirements it is easy to find one that suits your needs. The size and weight of a UPS are normally determined by these two factors.
- Storage medium – The batteries inside of the UPS provide the power when the mains fails. Most UPSs that are used in homes and small offices today contain lead-acid batteries. However, Lithium-Ion batteries are quickly growing in popularity as they are lower cost and smaller footprint options.
- and most importantly (for many homes and small businesses) Price – UPSs for homes and small offices can range from under £100 to several thousands of pounds depending upon the requirement and configuration. Many different brands of UPS exist across the industry and it is important to remember you get what you pay for. While it won't be necessary to go for a high-end UPS for a small business or home, but it is still worth avoiding the cheapest end of the spectrum. Making a decision solely based on price can be risky as poor quality internal components can result in a failure to protect the attached equipment. Computer Power Protection only supplies quality products and with connections across the industry, we can find the UPS for you.