Q - My wife and I are remodeling a space to be our new office for our graphic design business. We each have computers on APC battery backups. The question: Is there a way to incorporate battery backups into the wiring and walls in a safe manner? Looking for a clutter-free way. Is wall-mounting the only option?
A - Hey Sam,
Ideally, the temperature where your UPS (uninterrupted power supply) sits should not exceed 75° F (or 24° C). If you plan on placing it within a wall cutout, you'll need to address ventilation. Leave roughly one to two inches on each side for proper airflow. It also should be kept dry and cool, of course.
For those who can't cut a hole in the wall or have a huge cabinet to cover their UPS, there unfortunately aren't any companies out there that make batteries that don't look like oversized toasters or extensions of a military tank. Even the more attractive options, such as the ones from Cyberpower with LCD displays (above), we still find difficult to fit into our modern home office decor.
Well, unless we've been totally sleeping on a product that hasn't gained our attention yet. How about it readers? Know of a sexy UPS battery that doesn't look like it was made for an Intel server array? Let us know below!