A Beginner's Guide To Electronics

Is it time to give your home an uninterruptable power supply?

With new affordable, portable units hitting the market every month, the safety and stability provided by at at-home UPS system has never been more accessible. Is a system like this right for you, and what should you know before you take the plunge and bring one home?

What is a UPS and how do they work?

UPS stands for uninterruptible power supply, and that's what a UPS system is designed to provide. They're essentially giant batteries; you plug them into your mains and they charge up over time. If the electricity goes out and they stop receiving a charge they instantly invert and begin to power your home. Most UPS systems can provide ten to fifteen minutes worth of power to the average home — enough time to save your work or game before you lose it, jump in a power shower, cancel your washing machine cycle and get the door open, or deal with anything else that would cause an issue in the event of a sudden power outage. 

Who might benefit most from a domestic UPS system?

It's easy to see why, living in the modern world, a system like this would come in handy. But who are they most worth it for, and who ought to make them a priority for their home network setup?

  • If you regularly work from home, a UPS will let you save your work in the event of a power cut before anything gets lost in a sudden shutdown.
  • Keen gamers can use a UPS to avoid losing their progress should the network suddenly fail.
  • Anyone running a server from home, whether for work or hobby purposes, will be able to shut it down safely before an outage takes hold.
  • People who benefit from the use of assistive electronic devices such as sit/stand recliners or stair lifts will be able to keep using these aides even when the power goes down.

Is there anything else you should know before installing a UPS in your home?

Some UPS systems protect against surges and brownouts as well as full outages, so if you live in a part of the country where the connection is sometimes unreliable and these incidents are relatively common a backup like this can be a game-changer. Even when there is a full blackout, most last for only a few minutes — meaning that a standard UPS might be able to get you through them with no interruption at all.

Keeping them charged may result in a slight increase in your day-to-day use of electricity, though many are designed to charge slowly and thereby not result in a noticeable bill increase. They can provide 10-15 minutes worth of full power to the average home. For more information on uninterruptible power supply systems, contact a professional near you.