Every business can benefit from a back-up power source. Any business that has to deal with a blackout or brownout most definitely hurts customer flow and productivity. For some businesses, a power outage can have catastrophic consequences. Those who rely on computer systems or work with machinery as especially at risk during a power outage. Have you thought about your options to stop this from happening to your business? If you’re reading this blog today, then chances are you’re in the market and you’ve come to the right place. Sentry Electric will break down the pros and cons of each system, so you may better determine which would be a better choice for your business.
Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)
Simply put, UPS systems are a sophisticated, innovative backup battery power supply, they are installed to collaborate with your existing power supply systems. While the power in your business is up and running, the UPS system is constantly charging and storing extra energy. If your business loses power, the UPS system kicks on instantly and uses the stored energy to keep electronic devices and servers running without a delay. This will allow you extra time to save the project you’re currently working on without interruption. So, if the power goes out, you won’t have to worry about losing precious data or special projects. These are perfect for companies who rely on computers for their day to day operations, or any other business that require absolute, consistent power at all times. UPS systems are quiet, eco-friendly, easy to move and require little to no maintenance. You can even purchase UPS systems that can power your entire business or warehouse.
Cons – For bigger models that can handle whole businesses, these can get pricey, the longer the battery life, the more money you can plan on spending. Because these are essentially big batteries, they only have a limited charge to offer and won’t stay on for prolonged periods of time.
Backup Standby or Portable Generator
Backup generators provide hours of backup power with ease. They come in a range of sizes from small and portable, able to generate power to one or two things at once, or you can buy larger ones that can provide power to an entire building. These larger generators can be special ordered and require a professional installation by a certified electrician. Sentry Electric has experience in all things electrical and can install your generator and power inlet with interlock mechanical transfer switch for you. Smaller generators can be purchased at any home improvement store or even online. They are very simple to use.
Generators will have some lag time between a power outage and when they turn on, anywhere from 10 seconds to a few minutes depending on the model you purchase. This can be detrimental to businesses who rely on technology for their day to day operations. They also run on fuel and produce fumes, so they need to be installed in open aired areas and they aren’t as friendly for the environment. They are a bit noisier than UPS systems and require maintenance from time to time.
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Both of these systems serve the same purpose, but there are pros and cons to both. If you want help deciding which would be the better choice for your business, call the pros today so we can aid you in the decision-making process. Don’t get left in the dark, call Sentry Electric today!