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The Differences Between Residential and Commercial Electrical Services

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There are some significant differences between residential and commercial electrical services, and not every electrici

an is qualified to do both types of work. Differences between commercial and residential services include the different levels of energy demands, the different grade or quality of materials, and the different environments where wiring is installed.

Residential wiring is typically plastic sheathed wiring and doesn’t use conduits, even though they can be used. In commercial construction, conduit is always used. The power from the utility company varies greatly between residential and commercial applications. Homes use single-phase power that has two 120-volt wires (or legs) and a neutral wire. Commercial buildings use three-phase power which consists of two 120-volt legs, and one 208-volt leg and a neutral wire. Commercial electrical applications require power demands for larger electrical units and three-phase power enables power to flow more smoothly to needed areas.

The quality, or grade, of electrical materials also differs between residential and commercial buildings. Commercial materials are more resistant to heat, corrosion, and chemical exposure. They are subject to different standards, and are governed by different codes. Some commercial buildings, such as hospitals, need a secondary or backup source of power with the ability to withstand more demanding usage.

While homeowners may consult with an electrician when undertaking a major remodel, commercial electricians are more likely to confer with architects, designers, and contractors in the course of their work. They look at a project from a broader point of view and may provide detailed drawings and plans for electrical installations.

There are also differences in the electricians who are qualified to work on commercial versus residential buildings. Residential electricians have to be licensed by local and state agencies. Electricians who work in the commercial space are not only licensed, but have to complete a commercial electrician apprenticeship program in order to get their certification. They do some of the same jobs as licensed electricians, but they also take on more sophisticated and larger scale projects.

JM Mullen Electrical Services are experienced at new commercial construction, renovations, and have worked on projects such as an indoor soccer fields, religious buildings, and restaurants. Contact us today to find out more about our commercial services and qualifications.

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Converting A Garage Into Living Space

If your car hasn’t been in the garage for years and the garage is beginning to resemble a storage unit, it may be time to convert this wasted space into more living space. This addition may increase the value of your house if you decide to sell it.

One of the most important considerations is what type of electrical wiring you’ll need. Some of these considerations will depend on what the end product will be.

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Choosing An Electrician

When you need an electrician, it’s important to select the right one. Electrical work for your home or business is critical and must be safe and up to local and national codes. Spending the time to research the best electrician for your needs will save time and money. Here are five things to consider when you need an expert. 

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Protecting Rental Property

Whether your rental property is an individual home, an apartment, or a large commercial complex, it’s important to safeguard your investment with regular, professional maintenance. Electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems should be checked to prevent costly repairs or replacement. In addition, a well-maintained home ensures tenant safety and maintains property value. Regardless of the size of your rental property, a professional electrician is an important member of your property management team. 

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Common Electrical Project Mistakes

Every day electricians are called to homes to undo what a well-intentioned do-it-yourselfer has done. Electrical projects can be some of the most challenging for non-professionals, and can result in serious problems. Listed below are a few of the most common mistakes home do-it-yourselfers make. 

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What to Do During and After a Power Outage

Power outages can happen at any time and can be caused by snow, high winds, lightning, a car accident, equipment failure, or even animals. Whatever the cause, it’s important for you to know what to do to safeguard your home, and your family, during and after a power outage. 

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The Smart Way to Charge

Over 30% of Americans own at least three electronic devices. Typically these are a smartphone, tablet, and desktop or laptop computer. These devices allow us to communicate instantly, work from anywhere, and access almost endless digital and video content. To maximize the lifespan of your devices and prevent damage, here are a few things to keep in mind. 

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Light Up The Outdoors

Outdoor lighting adds drama to your home’s exterior. It can be used to illuminate outdoor living spaces, showcase landscaping, and increase safety. There are as many choices for lighting the outside of your home as there are for lighting the inside. Path lights, postmount lights, spotlights, and well lights are just a few outdoor options. Think about more unusual options such as chandeliers, hanging lanterns, or lighted ceiling fans. 

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Electrical Projects Best Left To Experts

There are some projects around your house that are not safe for the Do-It-Yourself to tackle. In particular, projects that require electrical upgrades are best left to experts. Most people lack the knowledge about the intricacies of a home’s wiring and mistakes could be costly or dangerous. 

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Electrical Needs for a Home Office

Home-based businesses are alive and well in today’s economy with some 38 million such businesses in the United States today. When home is your base of operations, you shouldn’t neglect planning an adequate electrical system to ensure it runs efficiently. 

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