Jake Hertenstein

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location St. Louis, MO
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Jake received the B.Sc. in Computer Engineering and M.Sc. in Systems Engineering degrees from the Missouri University of Science and Technology in 2008 and 2010 respectively. From 2010 to 2012, he was with DRS Sustainment Systems, Inc., as a Systems Engineer, where he was involved with defense systems modeling and proposals. In 2012 he joined Mark Andy, Inc., as a Software Engineer. Meanwhile, he has held a Director position at the Midwest Gateway International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) Chapter and the Vice President Position at the Mastodon Art/Science Regional Fair since 2011 and 2012 respectively. He is continuing research in systems engineering heuristics and modeling.


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accepted Could I use a UPS to power my humidifier on an underrated breaker with a little trickery
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comment Could I use a UPS to power my humidifier on an underrated breaker with a little trickery
Excellent technical answer, particularly the NEC standard... I was afraid of that. I will look into my options but I don't think I will be able to install another drop. Thanks!
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comment Could I use a UPS to power my humidifier on an underrated breaker with a little trickery
I should have clarified in the question that a bypass unit is somewhat difficult to install given that I have a downdraft unit in a cramped closet. Regardless, that's probably what I will do.
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comment Could I use a UPS to power my humidifier on an underrated breaker with a little trickery
I'll have to double check the bathroom breaker configuration but I think only the light fixtures are shared.
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comment Could I use a UPS to power my humidifier on an underrated breaker with a little trickery
@Charles Yes, with something like an APC Smart UPS I can disable the alarm.
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comment Could I use a UPS to power my humidifier on an underrated breaker with a little trickery
I was hoping someone at superuser would have expert knowledge on UPS power requirements but @MaQleod is probably right.
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comment Could I use a UPS to power my humidifier on an underrated breaker with a little trickery
@sawdust good point on the Kill-a-Watt. I'll check that out on my other UPS. Yes, the current switch is not rated for 7A, but I should clarify that I was planning on using an appropriately rated relay to switch the humidifier.
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comment Could I use a UPS to power my humidifier on an underrated breaker with a little trickery
It is 120V. That's a tricky question, and probably the crux of the whole problem. I would guess that it may run for 10 minutes twice a day nominally, but on a dry day it may run longer. Of course, this would deplete the battery. I could put a time limited relay on the UPS output but that's getting complicated...
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comment Could I use a UPS to power my humidifier on an underrated breaker with a little trickery
No worries. I would rather run the wire, but I would have to do some serious demolition to make that happen.
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comment Could I use a UPS to power my humidifier on an underrated breaker with a little trickery
That would be like putting a bigger fuse in a car. The wires are only rated for so much and to keep things safe the breakers have to stay as is. Otherwise, the wires could get hot, melt, or burn and we don't want that for the holidays! :)
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