Homeowners typically opt for a solar setup for two reasons: the financial electricity savings, and the security it provides in the event of an outage. However, many solar customers purchase and install panels expecting to have energy security, only to realize that they’re missing a crucial component: an uninterruptible power supply.
When your lights are out at night, the heat goes down when it’s cold, or the water supply is cut off in a rural setting, it can create major inconveniences. You’re also on the grid’s time; your power will only return once they’ve resolved the issue. But with an uninterruptible power supply, such as NeoVolta’s NV14 solar battery, homeowners can say goodbye to the power outage problems of old and step into an “always-on” lifestyle.
At NeoVolta, we’ve designed a solar battery backup for the home that can keep select rooms and devices powered on when an outage occurs. With our NV14 connected to your home’s panel setup, you can choose which rooms and devices require power when a blackout rears its head. Then, when an outage does strike, your energy source will automatically switch over to your stored solar.
Find out why an uninterruptible power supply, more specifically a solar battery backup, can solve common power outage issues in your household.
What is an Uninterruptible Power Supply?
An uninterruptible power supply (UPS) provides backup power in the event of a power outage or disruption, nearly instantaneously, which protects your home devices and data from potential damage and loss. They’re commonly used by homeowners for emergency power during rolling blackouts.
By constantly monitoring the voltage it’s receiving from your home’s main supply, a UPS can identify when the supply voltage is lost. When this happens, the UPS automatically switches to battery power to defend against electrical surges, sags, spikes, and full-on blackouts.
While a traditional uninterrupted power supply doesn’t run on solar, a solar battery for the home can substitute as a UPS and offer the same protection from grid outages and other power issues.
How Long Can an Uninterruptible Power Supply Run For?
Most UPS batteries can run for three to five years before dying out, some are capable of lasting much longer, and others can die within a very short timeframe. Another baseline to use is the 10,000-hour standard – but the lifespan of a UPS depends on several factors, especially your daily usage.
When you opt for a lithium-ion solar battery as your home’s UPS system, this lifespan extends to upwards of 10 years. What’s more, NeoVolta’s NV14 battery can last even longer than lithium-ion units, up to 6,000 cycles or 16.5 years of use before requiring replacement.
How a Solar Backup Can Solve Your Power Outage Problems
Grid outages can halt your basic living necessities in an instant. Your lights are out, heating and cooling are out of commission, and if you aren’t in the city, your water supply could be restricted. Here are some power problems you’ve likely faced during an outage:
When the grid is down, your lights are likely the most notable service that’s lost. Until the outage is resolved, all you can do is wait – that is, unless you have a solar battery backup at your disposal. This also goes for TVs and other appliances, including critical medical devices that homeowners need to be “always-on.”
Thankfully, you can keep your lights on and appliances powered with a solar uninterruptible power supply that stores solar energy during the day for later use. With a solar battery such as our NV14, there’s no need to light candles in the face of an outage – you can carry on with life as usual, since your home’s most critical rooms and devices will automatically switch to solar power when the grid goes down.
Heating & Cooling
Your HVAC systems are also shot down when a power outage occurs, which can put your comfort at risk if you live in a particularly hot or cold location. If it’s freezing outside, you and your family could be wrapped in blankets by the fireplace waiting for the power to come back on, and vice versa.
Avoid this outcome with a solar battery backup, which will collect and store solar energy during the day for later use. This way, when your lights, heat, and cooling go down, you have energy stores to keep these basic necessities online.
As a homeowner who uses city water systems, a power outage won’t restrict your access to water. But if you live out in the country and depend on a pump or a well for your water supply, a blackout or brownout can quickly cut off your access.
With a solar battery backup like NeoVolta’s NV14, you can keep your water pump running during an outage by using solar power you’ve stored during the day.
If your internet provider is experiencing an outage, an uninterruptible power supply won’t keep you connected to WiFi. But if you’re experiencing an outage at home and your provider is still active, a solar battery backup can maintain power, and therefore your internet connection.
Power outages also threaten to spoil the food in your refrigerator, since your home’s appliances won’t be operational without an uninterruptible power supply. As a result, many families find themselves going on grocery runs following an outage that lasts long enough.
This isn’t an issue with a solar-powered uninterruptible power supply. As with these other common power outage issues, food spoilage can be avoided by storing solar energy and using it to power your refrigerator when the power is out.
Escaping the Hassle of Grid Outages
When a power outage strikes, an uninterruptible power supply– more specifically, a solar battery system – can revive the devices and systems you need to remain comfortable and secure.
As a homeowner who already has a solar panel setup, or is looking into it, an uninterruptible power supply is a necessary add-on if you’re aiming to be less dependent on the grid. Without a solar battery backup, your panels have nowhere to send power.
With NeoVolta’s solar battery, you’ll gain access to an “always-on” lifestyle that keeps your most important rooms and appliances online, supporting your basic necessities when the grid fails.
Ushering You Into an “Always-On” Lifestyle
We’re all aware of the basic necessities that disappear once the grid goes down. The lights go out, the HVAC stops working, critical medical devices go offline, and water supplies can even get cut off if you live in a rural area. With NeoVolta’s NV14 solar battery, you can store all of that precious solar energy during the day to use when an outage strikes. Our solar battery backup solution is also made of lithium-iron, not ion, meaning it’s virtually fireproof and can last up to 16.5 years versus the typical 10-year standard for lithium-ion batteries.
If you’re a solar homeowner who desires an always-on lifestyle, visit the NeoVolta website for more details on our NV14 battery and how it can secure your power while saving loads in electricity costs.