Three Questions To Help You Choose A Power Backup System

16 December 2016
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Do you want a power backup system to help you through the frequent summer blackouts? Before you buy that generator, ask yourself these three questions to determine whether it is the best power backup system for your need:

How Much Power Do You Need?

Backup power systems are available in different sizes; some have a low output that can only power individual devices or appliances, while others can power your own house. For example, if you are a freelance writer and you want a backup that can power your computer for an hour or so, then an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) may be enough for you. However, if you need to power up most of the power-hungry systems in your house (think washers, heaters, and fridges), then you need a serious backup generator or solar system.

How Long Do You Want the Backup to Last?

Even if you have a battery system, your backup system will run out of power at some time. There are backup systems with batteries that can provide power to most appliances (in a typical residential house) for several hours. If you need a backup system that can power your house indefinitely, however, you will probably need a system that generates its own power. Here, a backup generator and a solar system come to mind; the generator will produce power as long as you have fuel and the solar system generates power as long as there is sunlight.

How Much Are You Willing To Spend?

In an ideal world, a backup system would power your entire house indefinitely. For many people, however, budgetary constraints preclude such systems. Therefore, you need to understand how much you can spend on the backup, and then determine the best system you can get with the budget.

The most basic backup systems are probably power banks that cost just a few dollars. At the other end of the scale, there are expensive systems that cost thousands of dollars. A good example is the Tesla Powerwall 2 that can power (according to Tesla) a two-bedroom house for a whole day and whole house generators that run as long as they have fuel. In between, there are moderate systems such as small solar systems and portable generators.

Talk to an electrician today to understand the pros and cons of all these backup systems if you don't want to stay without power. That way you can make an informed decision that you won't regret. Contact a company like Cole Electric Inc to get started.