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Sales of uninterruptible power supplies (UPSs) continue to grow as a result of increased awareness of the risk that power outages present to productivity and business continuity.

Accompanying the growth in UPS populations are problems associated with poor UPS installation planning.

Any company that sells or recommends a UPS to its customers needs to pay special attention to planning for installation and future service requirements.

Doing so is a necessary part of optimising business continuity and long-term peace of mind.

Choosing a suitable UPS location is vital – getting it wrong can cost a business dearly.

UPS location depends on the type of system being installed.

Smaller UPS systems are usually installed in a convenient office location – perhaps under a desk or countertop.

But larger UPSs, especially those used to provide centralised power to numerous loads, require additional installation planning.

Planning issues to be considered include: * Space for efficient ventilation and heat dissipation (possibly even air-conditioning).

* Space for auxiliary equipment such as disconnects, bypass switches and extended run battery cabinets.

* Adequate space for maintenance activities, including battery replacement.

* Space for future system expansion if such expansion is envisioned.

* Ease of electrical connection and removal of loads.

* A dustless, low-humidity environment.

* Positioning away from public-access areas to avoid accidental (or deliberate) disconnection or damage.

* A constant, cool, ambient temperature to maximise UPS battery service life.

* A location without risk from water piping, sprinklers, or other factors that may lead to flooding.

When installing larger UPS systems that may support distributed loads from a central location, the installation is like buying a home – location is everything.

Proper installation planning helps customers add more solid components to their business continuity plans.

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