Helping your business run smoothly…and safely

We tend to think of electricity as being 100% reliable – except when it isn't. Meteorological conditions can affect the supply, causing anything from power surges to brownouts and outages. Spikes in usage can have a similar adverse impact. So what can you do to shield your business from these potential problems?

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Unless your entire business is driven by steam (highly unlikely!), your day-to-day operations depend on electricity: the smooth, constant delivery of power to run your lights, possibly your heating (or, right now, air con), and your machinery – everything from your manufacturing plant and computer systems to the office kettle.

 

We tend to think of electricity as being 100% reliable – except when it isn’t. Meteorological conditions can affect the supply, causing anything from power surges to brownouts and outages. Spikes in usage can have a similar adverse impact.

 

So what can you do to shield your business from these potential problems?

 

 

Planning ahead

 

Spend some time thinking. Consider what might go wrong – and how it might impact your electrics. Heavy rain can mean leaks and water ingress (electricity and water don’t mix well!). Thunderstorms can cause power surges. Extremes in temperature can compromise performance. Heavy snow or autumn gales can take down power lines. It pays to be prepared.

 

But you don’t need to go it alone. A good electrical contractor will be happy to take on a consultative role: to advise, and make recommendations as to steps you can take to minimise any risks.

 

 

Backup power

 

Install a generator or heavy-duty battery, and an uninterruptible power supply. A UPS will cut in instantly if it detects a power brownout or outage. It won’t run for long, but it will give you time to save any vital work, and switch to the generator or battery so your business can continue to function until normal power is restored.

 

 

Surge protection

 

Fit a surge protection device at the mains intake to safeguard your systems and equipment against voltage surges. SPDs are used to protect your electrical installations (consumer unit, wiring and accessories – all your equipment, in other words) from electrical power surges known as transient overvoltages, or voltage spikes. Some SPDs have a UPS built in.

 

 

Regular testing

 

Have your electrical equipment and systems regularly tested – at least once every five years. In practice, your installations will probably be monitored more frequently than that. If you form a working relationship with a reputable electrical contractor (and we recommend that you do), their experienced engineers will cast an expert eye over your systems whenever they deliver and install a new piece of kit. To make sure you are fully protected, it makes sense to diarise a regular, thorough test.

 

 

Isolator switches

 

Unlike circuit breakers, which, if triggered, stop the flow of electricity to an entire circuit, isolator switches cut off only part of the circuit, and are manually operated. They are useful when part, but not all, of your system is malfunctioning. The faulty section can be switched off and repaired, but work elsewhere can carry on as normal. It is important that you educate your employees – show them where the switches are located, and tell them which part of the network each one controls. This will keep downtime and damage to a minimum.

 

 

Here to help

 

Excel Electrical’s experienced, qualified engineers can help your business with all of the above – keeping your systems running as they should, and keeping you open for business.

 

Give us a call on 01508 488007, drop us an email, or visit our contact page.

 

Excel Electrical: the power is in your hands.

 

 

 

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