Like any major appliance in your home, it’s important to install an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) correctly to ensure that it’s working at its best.
Uninterruptible power supplies, also known as uninterruptible power sources (UPS), are specialized batteries that are used to keep your business’s computer and telecommunications equipment powered in the event of an outage. Because these devices play such an important role in keeping your business up and running, it’s vital that you install UPS battery backup correctly so that they will be effective at protecting your equipment during an outage and continue to provide protection after the outage has ended. Here are four tips to follow when installing a UPS for your business
1. Pick The Right Type
Many people don’t think of power as something that needs to be managed, but it is in fact the most critical component of any organization. An Uninterruptible Power Supply (commonly called a UPS), is a device that provides protection from unexpected surges and spikes in electrical power. Unexpected fluctuations can lead to data loss or other problems with your business. A UPS offers safeguards by providing temporary backup electricity when the main supply fails or sags and you need more time for sensitive systems like computer servers, network storage drives, printers, modems, and internet routers to shut down safely. The two main types of UPSs are On-Line and Off-Line
2. Consider the Environment
Uninterruptible power supplies (UPSs) provide necessary backup power in the event of a power outage. However, many UPSs need extra energy to run, which can lead to increased electricity usage. In order to reduce the amount of power your UPS is using:
- Turn off any unused electrical components in your home that are not absolutely necessary when you install the UPS system.
- Install a timer and turn off all lights after certain hours of the day.
- Plug in any electric devices directly into outlets or on surge protectors, as this reduces the draw on a UPS by as much as 90%. This is especially important for small devices like microwaves or battery chargers, which have higher needs than other items that might only be drawing 10 watts.
3. Don’t Forget To Ground It!
In the event of a power outage, devices plugged into your UPS should remain operational for a predetermined amount of time. Grounding it may seem like an unnecessary step when all you want is your devices to stay on without interruption. While not necessary, grounding is recommended because it provides additional protection in the event of power surges or lightning strikes.
4. Monitor Your UPS System
For many businesses, power outages can be devastating and oftentimes require that costly downtime. This is why having a reliable Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) system in place can help cut costs as well as minimize disruption to your organization. Whether you’re installing your first UPS or need some guidance on keeping yours running at peak performance, there are some basic steps to follow that will help your organization stay up and running during power outages. Ensure the proper utility service has been activated with the electric company in your area so that you receive consistent electricity no matter what the conditions are outside.