Power inverters are devices that can be used in backing up electrical power for use during emergency power outage. Knowing we see many power outages here in the Capital Region, it is always a good idea to have a power inverter AND to also consider investing in a backup generator. We have written about this as well, check it out here. Power inverters are devices that are used in converting low voltage direct current (DC) into a usable alternating current (AC). Inverters come in different sizes and the type you buy depends on what you want to use it for. Most people we talk to in Albany find it very difficult in making the right decision. Therefore, this article will enlighten you on what to do when you decide you might be in the market to purchase one.
Before making your purchase, you need to calculate the amount of electrical energy your home requires to run well so that you will be able to purchase the correctly-sized inverter. The capacity of a battery is measured in Ampere Hour (Ah) - this shows the current rate a battery can supply within a designated period of time. Knowing the battery capacity helps to know how long it will take the inverter before it runs down. If you don’t know how to measure the amount of energy required in your home, you can contact your local electrician to guide you on how to do this.
The type of inverter you want
There are two types of inverters – the home UPS and the traditional inverter. The Standard inverter serves as a power-generating device that is used as a backup if there is an emergency power outage and it converts direct current to alternating current.
Also, the home UPS does the same work of serving as a backup generating device and conversion of direct current into alternating current like the standard inverter but the main difference is that it is the combination of a UPS (uninterrupted power supply) and an inverter. Also, the switching over time of a home UPS is between 3 – 5 Milli seconds, unlike the standard inverter which takes around 500 Milli seconds to switch.
Knowing the types of inverters that are available to you will help you make the right decision based on your specific needs and situation in your home. If you are local to Albany and looking for additional guidance and direction, please consider calling McCauley Electrical. We are licensed electricians that address all kinds of residential and commercial electrical projects.