Home Backup UPS & Surge Protection Help

When selecting a home backup system, its very important that you take the following criteria into account, namely:

Your appliances: Some equipment may not run correctly off a modified (stepped) square wave, in which case you will need a pure sine wave backup system. Your equipment may also have an inrush current in which case you may need to oversize your backup system.

Safety: Electricity is dangerous. Always get a qualified electrician to install any backup system or surge protection into your home, and always install backup batteries into a robust enclosure to prevent shorting of the batteries. This is paramount when you have small children. Some companies like to offer battery stands. This can be dangerous as this will expose the batteries and increases your risk of injury.

Protection: Certain UPS systems and surge protection equipment offer more protection than others. Always take your time to select the correct equipment. Buying cheap always costs you more in the long run.

We at PHD understand what you need, and we have tailored solutions specially for home type installations. Our recommended home standby product is the ST2X range of pure sine wave inverters which is designed to handle large currents and very high inrush currents.

This unit offers the user a stable and large AC backup source for any appliance in the home. These units come in sizes from 1600W, 2400W, 4000W, 6000W and a massive 8000W.

Another area most often overlooked by residential users is household surge protection. There are two basic types of household surge protection namely:

DB board surge protection: Class 1 and Class 2 type surge protection can be fitted straight into the DB board to ensure a good degree of surge protection for your equipment. For more information go to our surge protection help page.

Localized surge protection: You can get surge protection for most equipment in the home from TV’s to computers. These units can be fitted with RFI/EMI filtration to better protect your equipment. For more information on selecting the correct surge protection go to our surge protection selection help page.

For better results from your surge protection use a combination of both DB board surge protection and localized surge protection devices.

PHD can also offer solar solutions or hybrid solar solutions, but these must be calculated correctly and a site assessment must be carried out.