Nowadays many businesses rely on technology to perform their daily operations. Protecting against cyber threats and data loss is a serious issue, but it’s not the only one. After all, there are other problems that can affect the integrity of the technology in your place of business, such as blackouts. While complete blackouts are uncommon, they still happen, even though they only account for a small percentage of all power issues – the rest can be attributed to power surges, meaning you need to ensure that your technology is protected against these challenges in order to minimise losses.
A surge in power means that the electricity coming into your business is higher or lower than expected, an issue that can be caused by transformers, air conditioners, and many other devices. If the technology in your workplace is continuously exposed to this ‘bad electricity’, it might lead to data errors, computers overheating and system failures.
These devices are extremely useful to protect your technology against electrical spikes, and work by diverting these surges away from the plugged-in computers or other electrical equipment. Surge protectors are only able to withstand a pre-determined amount of voltage, so if the maximum is reached, they’ll probably need to be replaced. Even with this limitation, they can help guard your business against electrical issues.
Blackouts might occur at a large scale, such as when a power station is compromised, but they can also only affect your building or specific business – this can happen for a wide range of reasons, whether it’s because your daily activities are putting a strain on the power supply or there’s a defect with your electrical equipment.
No matter how the blackout is caused, one of the biggest dangers of complete power outages is the unexpected shutdown of the computers. Operating systems are complex and should always go through the appropriate shutdown sequence; an unexpected loss of electricity can interrupt important tasks and, depending on the severity of the situation, render the computers inoperable. Your information may be lost or corrupted, which can be incredibly harmful for your business.
Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)
Ensuring that you have a good system in place is ideal to prevent damage to your technology. A UPS system is a device that can provide you with quick emergency power when the main source fails. This means that you’ll have a few extra minutes to save important documents or properly shutdown everything in case of a power outage.
The technology you employ in your company needs to be kept safe at all times, since you depend on it to conduct your business. At B&D Electrical we understand this, which is why we perform commercial installations of UPS systems and other electrical systems, so don’t hesitate to talk to us to see how we can help you deal with power issues.