Is having an uninterruptible power supply a dream or reality?

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Is having an uninterruptible power supply a dream or reality?

Having an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) has become more crucial than ever in recent times. A couple of decades ago most people’s biggest concern was the fridge defrosting. However, whether you live remotely or run a business from a remote location, a loss of power can cause damage to your systems and will definitely mean a loss of communication.

Whether you live off-grid or are just worried about power cuts, a UPS gives you peace of mind knowing your power supply will continue even if your electricity does not.

Living or working off grid

If you’re using alternative sources to supply your energy, then a UPS system can be used to ensure the voltage always remains at the desired level, while providing backup for those times you lose power. They can be integrated into complete off-grid systems that generate the electricity from solar, wind turbines, or traditional generators.

Many old rural industrial buildings have been repurposed to provide modern business premises. However, as beautiful as an office with a view of rolling countryside is, the location can be problematic. Generating your own electricity in case of outages will ensure your business can continue to trade regardless of the conditions.

For people and businesses where joining the mains network would actually be a costlier, a UPS system adds an element of assurity to your power supply.

The benefits of continuity

A UPS will monitor the voltage for spikes, surges, and outages. This provides increased protection for electrical equipment. Known as Automatic Voltage Regulation (AVR), a powerful microprocessor will continually work to correct all abnormalities and keep the voltage within defined safe parameters. This provides crucial protection to expensive equipment and valuable data during surges, blackouts, or even lightning strikes.

This sort of protection can be a lifesaver if you live in a remote location and aren’t connected to the mains. However, it can be critical for emergency, medical, and business users.

Flexibility comes as standard

The UPS systems are configurable in many different ways. If you only need a short period of backup power, then a standalone system can provide everything you need. If you would rather ensure your power is sustained over longer periods of time, you can combine your UPS system with a standard generator to provide much longer run times.

Some systems, such as the Guardian SH, are modular by design. This allows you to expand the system as you grow, saving the expense of upgrading to a more capable system when you need it. Systems such as this can be used in several different scenarios, whether you’re trying to maintain the power to your modern home or prevent critical data loss and downtime from occurring at a data centre full of servers.

At a time when even the mains power supply is proving increasingly unreliable (and evermore expensive), alternative sources of power are becoming attractive to a wider audience. A good UPS system can ensure many of the inconveniences of off-grid power don’t ever rear their ugly head.

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