8 Pitfalls to avoid when purchasing a UPS
As every user and organisation has its own circumstances, challenges and priorities, choosing the UPS solution that is best for you is not always easy. Take advantage of our major pitfalls list below to remove this uncertainty from your UPS buying process.
- What is the actual load? – How much equipment does your organisation’s use at any one time? Are you allowing for the effects of power factor or motors that draw heavy start-up current? It is important to take these factors into account to ensure your UPS will support what you expect it to.
- Batteries – Well-designed UPSs will protect batteries from harm due to over or undercharging. The ambient temperature must be carefully controlled to prevent it compromising battery life and performance. Batteries also need to replace around every 5 years to ensure they can support the load they are designed for.
- Managing changing load – Is your UPS’s load expected to grow? If so, the easier is it to scale up your UPS design the better. If this can be achieved without interrupting power to the load, then your equipment is protected even as you expand your capacity.
- Running costs – Your UPS system is a major equipment item, so make sure it is a high efficiency UPS design, avoiding unnecessary energy and cooling bills, and preserving your green image.
- Avoid system crashes – You must have sufficient UPS battery autonomy to guarantee a graceful shutdown of your IT system during an extended power outage. This will protect you from data corruption caused by power cuts.
- Delivery to site – Large UPS systems, especially with batteries, are heavy and unwieldy while also containing delicate electronic equipment. Expert contractors with specialised transportation and lifting equipment are needed to deliver, unload and position the UPS system.
- Environmental considerations – Maintaining the UPS supplier’s recommended ambient temperature is essential for preserving battery life. Similarly, you must comply with humidity guidelines to prevent possible corrosion of cabinets and internal parts.
- Planning for UPS maintenance – specifying a modular UPS system with hot-swappable power supply that can be exchanged without interruption to power? Is there access for engineers to perform maintenance? Does the system an external maintenance bypass facility? Taking these points into account will ensure that planned or emergency maintenance is as painless as possible.
If you have any questions about these pitfalls, please contact us and we will advise you on what UPS you need. We also offer free site surveys so we can advise exactly what you require.