Early Heavy Snow Reminds Us All About Backup Power Need

November 21, 2016

By Steve Anderson - Contributing Writer

The first snowfall of the winter season—though it's technically still fall for the better part of a month—has come and gone, and though for many of us it didn't stick, the reminder is quite clear. It's the most wonderful time of the year, and also the greatest time to consider power protection options.

Recent word emerged from the National Weather Service's Weather Prediction Center that showed the snowy weather recently seen in places that got it isn't likely to fade away. With windy weather still in play—though temperatures were expected to “moderate” in the coming days in many places—and snow likely to hit Colorado again, it was clear that any respites would likely prove temporary, and for some places, things may well get worse before they get better.

Naturally, some will interject that, as we approach winter in the United States, the weather should get worse to some degree; the times where we'd see rain before will instead turn to snow, there's an improved likelihood of freezing temperatures, the water that falls may freeze as it contacts road surfaces or power lines...but all of this underscores one key point: it's vital to have some kind of provisions made for emergencies in which the power is lost.

For businesses, this is especially important. Not having electric power in an operation can cripple it within seconds; consider all the things that a business does in a typical day and ask how those things are accomplished in a blackout setting. The simple answer is that these things just don't get done, therefore, power protection systems are vital to protecting a business against complete and sudden shutdown. From the uninterrupted power supply (UPS) system like those commonly offered by Minuteman to larger-scale battery and generator systems, having these systems on hand can do everything from affording users a chance to save work and shut down systems properly to carrying on in a power outage. Some have even suggested that the mobile workforce concept is particularly relevant; users able to carry on a workday elsewhere—in a place that still has power—can continue working and producing value.

Depending on how far one goes with backup power systems, it's possible to carry on even through a power outage, and that's valuable. It's a potential competitive advantage—who wouldn't want to be the only business with power in the middle of a power outage—and one that could give a company new edge in the market. No matter what kind of power protection is used, having that protection can mean the difference between a day lost and a day inconvenienced. As the snow flies once again, we get that extra reminder of how important power protection systems are.

Edited by Alicia Young

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