Generators and UPS: The Holy Grail of Power Protection

March 10, 2017

By Alicia Young - Web Editor

In my opinion, March is one of the most unpredictable months when it comes to weather. I know some of you probably think I’m crazy, since March usually signifies a step toward Spring, but hear me out. If you live in one of the Northern states, you know what to expect from November-February—snow storms, power outages, frozen pipes, strong wind gusts, etc. From April to August, you know it’s going to be warm and that there will likely be several thunderstorms and consequent power outages, before the weather cools down again in the Fall.

March, though, is all over the place weather-wise. Take my home state, Connecticut, for example. Yesterday it was 60 degrees, and a few days before that it was even warmer. Now, as I write this article, it’s snowing. This inconsistency is not only annoying, but makes it difficult to prepare for weather-related incidents. It’s not like in July when I know I need to prepare for a potential power outage that could accompany that thunderstorm that’s predicted.

Most people like to be prepared for the unknown, and therefore invest in generators to keep their lights on during an outage. In theory, this is a good move because, no matter the cause, a generator will kick on after the power goes out. The key word here, though, is AFTER the power goes out. So, no matter which one of March’s strange weather occurrences knocks out my power, the generator will not be helpful right away. They don’t prevent outages, which can be a major problem for businesses.

For a company, the moment the power goes out is just as detrimental as the downtime afterwards. For example, if this snow storm were to knock out my company’s power right now, this unsaved article would disappear, never to be found again, even after the generator kicked in. Sure, I could rewrite it, but that takes up even more time. Losing unsaved work can be more catastrophic in some industries than others—think of an accountant losing all of their work right now during tax season. However, no matter what your company does, losing work is never a good outcome.

That’s why, although generators are good to have on hand, they won’t stop all the problems businesses experience when the lights go out. Instead, companies should pair their generators with uninterruptable power supplies (UPS). That way, the lights won’t go out immediately during an outage. UPS will allow employees to save their work and shut down their equipment properly. They won’t have to worry about power surges frying their systems either, because UPS protects against that as well.

So, although we think having generators in place is a surefire way to protect against whatever random storms nature throws at us, they’re only guaranteed to get the lights back on after an outage. Only UPS can ensure the safety of your equipment and data. Together, this dynamic duo could put up quite a fight and keep your company going during an outage, so why not invest in the holy grail of power protection?

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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