Here at Volt-Tech Electric Company, we know your business is important to you, and we want to help you do what’s best for it. If you need any kind of upgrade or repairs to your wiring, you will need the help of an experienced electrician–and in particular, one who has experience in providing commercial electric services, rather than just residential. In this article, we will go over what sets these two types of service apart in order to illustrate why the difference matters.
- Power Supply – One key difference between residential and commercial electric services has to do with the type of power supply used in these two types of buildings. Specifically, residential buildings typically use single-phase systems of between 120 and 240 volts, while commercial ones tend to use three-phase systems that can go up to 480 volts.
- Skill Level- Another difference between residential and commercial electric services is that the commercial kind tend to have a higher skill floor. This isn’t to say that residential electricians have it easy by any means, but commercial electricians need to meet much higher standards of safety, complexity, and reliability. Because of the greater number of people who use commercial facilities, the margin for error in commercial electric services is lower.
- Project Size- A third difference between residential and commercial electric services has to do with project size. As we alluded to above, most commercial buildings are bigger than private homes, which means that working on a commercial building is a larger undertaking than working on a house. Because of this, it’s important to hire a commercial electrician if you want to be sure that they can handle the larger project.