If you’ve been watching the news recently, you know that severe weather continues to wreak havoc on our nation’s mid-section. Just recently, a tropical storm from the Gulf of Mexico dumped an astounding 8 inches of rain across the state of Texas; bringing with it the possibility of storms, tornadoes, and . . . power outages!
Businesses usually make power protection a priority to better protect themselves from downtime and equipment damage, but what about the effects of power loss on the residential market? For some homeowners it’s a minor inconvenience, but for others, it can relate to costly repair bills. For one Minuteman employee and his neighbor, this could not be more true. In a recent, unusually severe electrical storm, power to their neighborhood was disrupted. While both homeowners experienced outages, the similarities of the story end there. Since the employee from Minuteman had his home protected (naturally!), there was no evident damage when power was restored. His neighbor, however, was not so fortunate. There was no power protection in place, and the homeowner suffered damage to many electrical devices including a modem, router, microwave oven, AND the control panel of a brand new refrigerator. Needless to say, the homeowner that was unprotected was less than thrilled at the prospect of having to replace all of this equipment. This is a simple but poignant example of the importance of power protection – everywhere. Failure to protect your valuables can lead to costly repairs and be quite a hassle.
When deciding on power protection, the most important question to ask yourself is “How mission critical is the equipment that I’m trying to protect?” Many businesses, such as hospitals, financial institutions, or security firms, cannot afford to be without power for any amount of time; however, most residences can handle a more significant period of power loss as long as sensitive equipment is protected. Another important thing to remember is that while some businesses require more advanced, upscale solutions that can be very costly; most homes do not need that level of protection. The majority of private residences can get by with a simple standby UPS to be protected from power surges. In the Minuteman line of UPS systems, there are several options that are perfectly sized for this application (or even smaller office spaces).
While power protection for businesses is a priority, many of us fail to think about protection for our homes. We consider a power outage an inconvenience, but neglect to think about the residual damage to electronic equipment. Don’t get caught off guard – DCO Distribution is a proud partner of Minuteman and would love to help you stay protected! Call us today for more information!