As discussed in Part 1, you have made the decision to purchase a standby generator for your home or business to prevent problems caused by power outages. Part 2 will discuss Installation Team, Generator Location, Outdoor Enclosure, and Voltage Requirement. 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 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
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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 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.
As mentioned in Part 1, GFCI requirements have been updated in the NEC 2017 edition. Changes to NEC code regarding GFCIs have been included with every new release since 1971. Part 2 will discuss GFCI protection for areas Other Than Dwelling Units and Miscellaneous. Remember to call an experienced and licensed electrician for all home electrical projects for your safety and the best results.
When you compare them to industrial environments, typical offices are thought to be low-risk areas as far as electrical dangers. Although this has some credence, electrical hazards still remain. That’s why safety measures must still be carried out by the staff, and regular electrical inspections must be performed by licensed electricians.
One of the first rules when opening a new business is ensuring that customers or clients can see your office or facility. A primary purpose of commercial lighting is providing proper illumination for your company’s building and parking lot. Not only does well-designed lighting set the desired atmosphere, it also promotes the safety and security of people who visit your business.
As discussed in Part 1, summer is the best season to accomplish electrical projects that will increase your family’s quality of life. The indoor projects will make life cooler and more pleasant. The outdoor projects will make the improved areas safer and more fun. Part 2 will cover the outdoor items for the Top 10 Home Electrical Projects of Summer.