You have decided to buy a standby generator for your home or business because power outages have caused problems in the past. The following discusses 10 key considerations for purchasing a system that is right for you. Remember to consult with a reputable and experienced licensed electrician for your safety and the best results.
Failures of electrical panels can result in dangerous electrical arcing between the circuit breaker and buss bar or from a circuit breaker’s failure to trip because of an overload. Either can lead to a build up of high temperatures and eventually a fire.
Many houses that were constructed from 1950 to 1980 typically had one of the following three brands of electrical panels: ITE Pushmatic, Zinsco and the most notorious, Federal Pacific Electric. Call an experienced and licensed electrician if your home has one of these still installed and replace it with a modern model to protect your home and family.
As discussed in Part 1, replacing and upgrading a home’s wiring is a big and costly project, but it is often necessary to ensure your family’s safety. Upgrading the wiring of your home may also be necessary because insurance carriers occasionally refuse to provide coverage or charge higher premiums. Part 2 will cover Warning Signs, Aluminum Wiring, and Increasing Capacity.
Replacing and upgrading the wiring of a home is a big project, but it is often needed to ensure your safety. If you are planning a remodel or renovation, rewiring should also be considered because including this during the remodel will save money. This will also allow a homeowner to bring the electrical system up to code and increase capacity to meet modern demands. Modernizing a house’s electrical system will be expensive, and the assistance of licensed electrical contractor will be required.
As discussed in Part 2, almost every enterprise must rely on modern electrical equipment in some way, and they can be degraded or damaged by power surges. Business continuity can be endangered without proper protection. Part 3 will cover Surge Suppression Devices, Selection, and Uninterruptible Power Supply.
As discussed in Part 1, sudden electrical changes in a circuit, power or voltage surges are short bursts of energy that can damage electrical or electronic equipment. Part 2 will discuss Businesses and Equipment at Risk, Protections, and Minimizing Disruptions.
Businesses and Equipment at Risk
Almost every enterprise must rely on modern electrical equipment in some way, which can be degraded or damaged by surges. Business continuity can be endangered without having proper protection. Companies that have electronic systems in more dangerous locations, dependent on substandard local utilities, or located in areas where lightning strikes are frequent, will be more vulnerable to the harmful effects of power surges.
Businesses large and small should acknowledge the risk of power surges and the advantages of surge protection. The specific requirements of each company should also be considered. Consulting with licensed electricians who are experienced and expert in installing surge protection solutions, will garner the best results. Below are several best practices for facilities.
- Ensure systems share a common ground and have entry to the facility a few feet from one another.
- Install surge protection at distribution panels as safeguards from surges generated by high-powered motors, welding equipment, etc.
- Low voltage and communications lines should be installed away from power cables and at right angles.
- Sensitive equipment and communications lines should have surge protection.
- Surge protection should be installed to shield systems from external power sources.
Minimize Power Disruptions
Another best practice is minimizing power disruptions. Every facility’s electrical system requires proper grounding as set forth by the NEC (National Electrical Code). Every cable, satellite, and telephone wire must be connected to the identical grounding point. Structured cabling must be located at a proper distance away from power cables that can generate surges. Telecommunications areas require wiring that minimizes electromagnetic disturbances and electrical surges.
Part 3 will cover Surge Suppression Devices, Selection, and Uninterruptible Power Supply.
Electrical Peace of Mind
Providing professional electricians since 1988 in Maryland, Cook Electric is the company you can rely on for all your electrical service needs. For knowledgeable, fair, honest, reliable, and conscientious service, call Cook Electric today at (410) 266-9040. We will be very glad to help you.
Resulting from sudden electrical changes in a circuit, power or voltage surges are short bursts of energy that occur in electrical or electronic equipment. Typically lasting just a millisecond, a power surge can increase the voltage within electronic circuits from hundreds to thousands of volts. They are one of the most common hazards to sensitive electronic equipment. A study found that power surges are the cause of more than $25 billion annually in costs from down time, repair, and replacement.
If your new home is in the construction phase, it will probably get wired for home automation during the process. However, this must be done properly to save headaches and more expenses down the line. Good planning during construction will save time and effort in the future, as illustrated by the examples below. Work with an experienced and licensed electrical contractor for the best results.
Providing care for those with disabilities can be challenging. Well-designed lighting can create a home environment that is safer and more accessible. The following are several concepts regarding lighting that supports this notion. Consult with a licensed electrician regarding installation for safety.
Accessible Light Switches
Light switches that are hard to reach are a common problem for people who are physically challenged. Typically, light switches are installed too high for those in wheelchairs. Light switches are also located at the rear of counters, preventing access. Principles of universal design advise that light switches be installed at a height of 36 to 44 inches and not at the rear of counters.
If you need an expert and experienced commercial electrical services in the Annapolis area, Cook Electric is the right choice for your business. Whether you own a gallery, restaurant, commercial facility, store, office, or warehouse, we will be there for you.
Any time your business is remodeling, installing new technology, or upgrading its electrical system, the licensed commercial electricians of Cook Electric can do the job for your organization.