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By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.Benjamin Franklin
According to the National Weather Service, hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30 for the Atlantic, putting us right in the middle of it. Given the severity of weather events over the past few years, it’s an ideal time to make sure your home and business are prepared to withstand whatever Mother Nature might bring your way.
Retail stores, like Batteries Plus and Batteries Plus Bulbs, sell many products that should be considered essential for storm preparedness. For personal safety, items such as flashlights, spare batteries, chargers and inverters should be easily accessible and ready to supply the back-up power needed to get you through a short (or longer) electrical outage. Ensuring an adequate supply of these products is the first step in protecting yourself from the physical danger that could occur during a catastrophic storm or event.
For businesses, beyond preparing for physical safety alone, now is also the time to see that your data center is in order, making sure it’s prepared for any unforeseen outage that could occur during a storm. This means checking your uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems. After all, when the power goes out, it’s the UPS that tides over your IT and cooling systems till your backup generators kick in. And in some cases, you may actually rely on your UPSs alone to get you through an extended outage.
Still, with more than 20 million APC single-phase UPSs installed worldwide, many of them being older models, odds are that there are many Smart-UPS systems currently in need of a battery replacement. Like car batteries, UPS batteries don’t last forever, and should be replaced every 3 to 4 years, depending on various conditions, such as heat.
Although all APC by Schneider Electric UPSs have a low-battery warning indicator light, often the systems are not in clear view; maybe sitting behind a desk, in a rack or in a server room where the blinking light just blends in with so many others. All too often, the owners of UPS systems have little idea that the battery may be in need of replacement.
One way to avoid this is to get managed UPSs, such as the APC by Schneider Electric Smart-UPS. These devices allow secure, remote monitoring and control of the UPS via web browser or applicable management systems, alerting you, among many other things, when the battery is low.
Furthermore, it’s a good idea to take stock of how your data center has evolved since you first installed your UPS. If you have added devices, or some have become more mission-critical over the past couple of years, it will be important to make sure that you still have adequate power back-up should an outage occur.
If you need a new UPS device, now is the time to take advantage of APC’s Trade UPS Program at Batteries Plus Bulbs. Through this program, you can bring in your old UPS unit and trade it in for a brand new one, of comparable VA, for up to 25% OFF! APC will also recycle your old UPS free of charge.
After all, we can hope and pray that storms won’t hit us this season, but if history has taught us anything, it’s more important to be prepared!
About the Author:
Michael Maiello is Sr. Vice President, Home and Business Networks for APC by Schneider Electric.
Michael has been with APC and Schneider Electric for over 20 years.
In that time he has held various positions in engineering, engineering management and general management.
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