Do you know what the number one cause of system downtime is in commercial and retail environments? It’s unstable power supply, or power surges. And everyone knows that downtime means irritated customers, irritated staff, and loss of profit.
By definition, a power surge is a strong but short fluctuation in the power supply. These surges are typically caused by a variety of internal and external sources, such as:
- Utility Event Switches
Utility events refer to actions from within the electrical utilities in the building. These can include inductive loads, grid shifting, crossover of phases, capacitor switching, etc.
- Internal Sources
Internal sources come from draws on the power from within the facility. Large appliance motors, air conditioning units, and more can cause sudden hard draws on the power, resulting in surges.
Lighting is the most common cause of surges in power. Nothing can totally prevent a direct strike, and non-direct strikes can still travel half a mile from where they landed.
Surges not only bring downtime, but they can also seriously damage your equipment. This is why surge protection can be an invaluable asset to your business. By implementing surge protection, you can enjoy benefits such as:
Reduced Equipment Damage
As state, surges in power can slowly degrade essential parts in your equipment. Enough abuse and they can break down. Surge protects keeps your business’s vital machinery out of harm’s way.
Reduces Maintenance Costs
Because your equipment will be protected from damages, you won’t have to call in the repair man as often. This is excellent, because emergency repairs can cost quite a sum and leave your wallet feeling light. If you don’t call in an emergency repair, you could be facing a week or more of downtime!
And finally, protecting your equipment from power surges ensures that your business will be able to function as usual even when faced with extreme weather or utility work. Time is money, and you can’t afford to not be able to continue business for a weeks’ worth of time.
At WCI Electric, we understand your business’s need for reliable surge protection. With over twenty-nine years of experience, you can rest assured that we can get the job done quickly and professionally. If you would like to know more about our services, we invite you to visit our website. Additionally, you can contact us directly with any questions.