Cold Weather Leads to Power Supply Issues

Has the icy-cold weather of winter hit where you live? If so, your power supply could be in jeopardy of power anomalies caused by the low temps.

Winter weather presents a lot of dangers for your power supply. From ice damaging the power lines to the increase in the demand on the power supply to run the heaters, the power flowing into your business can experience issues that may cause problems for your equipment and computer systems. 

Here is what each of these anomalies can do to the power supply and the effect they may have on your systems.

Blackout – When there is a complete failure of power supply. Companies that experience blackouts without the necessary protection for their systems can lose data and suffer from extended downtime as equipment must be rebooted upon the power’s return. 

Brownout – When voltage coming in is reduced below 90% of the normal amount. The lower voltage can go unnoticed but cause significant wear on the equipment, such as motors that are caused to run hot due to the low voltage. 

Line Noise – When a random fluctuation or electrical impulse is carried along with standard AC current. The severity of this anomaly fluctuates, being capable of causing errors in files, glitches with server uploads, and damaging hard drive components.  

Over-Voltage – When voltage coming in is increased over the normal amount. This event can cause your systems to completely shut down without warning, unexplained malfunctions, and costly hardware damage to occur.  

If you do not have the appropriate protection and backup in place to handle these anomalies, you will be looking at unnecessary downtime that can cost you. 

A good rule of thumb to remember: Cold Weather > Power Anomalies > Disrupted Operations > Unnecessary Downtime > Lost Revenue. 

Call ECS today and we will be glad to help you protect your business.