Would your business be in serious trouble if your power supply was interrupted for a period of time? Do you have computers or complex machinery that could possibly be damaged if they were not correctly powered down? Unfortunately, power interruption can easily happen this time of year. Late summer and early fall provides all of the perfect weather elements for thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes to form. Any of these could produce conditions that could cause an interruption of your power supply. The good news is that, with the assistance of a commercial electrician, you can install a backup power source that would keep your business out of the dark. Here are a couple you may want to consider.
Standby or backup generators are alternate electrical sources that are ready to kick in anytime they sense a loss of power. Once installed, they stand by and are able to switch your electrical load from your power grid to the generator, and once the power returns to the grid, they will automatically transfer power back and shut off. They come in a wide variety of sizes and run off a wide range of alternate fuels. Some of these include the following:
- Natural gas
- Solar and more
They are very popular with businesses as well as with residential customers. You may also want to consider having a residential electrician install one in your home.
The downside to generators is that you have to ensure that the systems are always fully fueled, and they can also have a slight lag in between the time that your power supply is interrupted and the time that they kick in. This lag could possible cause a brief interruption in your operations.
Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)
An alternative to a generator is an uninterruptible power supply system or UPS. Unlike the generator systems which run off various fuels, UPS systems are essentially backup batteries that act as your power supply in the event of an interruption. They draw and store electrical power from your traditional system while it is on and then discharge this power back into your business once the power is interrupted.
These can be broken down into three basic categories. They are as follows:
They come in a wide variety of price points and sizes. These range from small, personal-size systems that would be ideal for your personal home computers to a system that has been created to provide power to up to 12,000 people in the city of Fairbanks Alaska for approximately seven minutes in the event of them losing power. This is designed to give them enough time to power up their personal generators, which is critical in an area where temperatures can be extremely cold.
One of the greatest advantages UPS systems have over a generator system is that they have virtually no lag or delay prior to kicking in. This makes them a great choice for critical operations that cannot afford to be interrupted. The downside to UPS systems is that they tend to be much more expensive than generators. Some of the smaller, less-expensive models will only run for long enough for you to be able to shut down your computers or operations, while other, more-expensive models are designed to last much longer.
Every business has different needs. A local commercial electrician from a company like Sun Coast Electric & Networking Inc will be able to help you choose and install the perfect backup system for your business. Call one today for an appointment. They will be willing to come out and assess your needs and make suggestions to meet them.