If you own or manage a business or industrial use space, you will need a good commercial electrician to keep your facility running smoothly. Whether it's new installation, upgrades to existing space, or routine repairs, commercial electrical projects require different expertise than residential work.
Some reasons you may call on this type of business include:
- Space improvements - an experienced firm can help you with the design decisions and then with the electrical requirements for new space or remodeling.
- Security needs - including motion detectors, security lights, and backup generators.
- Lighting - you may want this installed for aesthetic purposes, security, or both. This also includes lighting for signage, parking lots, walkways, etc.
- Energy use analysis - an experienced team can evaluate your systems and tell you what ways you may be able to save on energy costs.
- Upgrades - especially if your business is in an older building, you may have to make some changes to your electrical setup to make sure it is up to code standards. An experienced company will know what is required and how to keep costs as low as possible to meet local, state and federal requirements.
- Generator installation - you may want to install a generator that will automatically start if the power goes out. Since this is tightly integrated with your electrical system, you should only use a firm experienced in this type of equipment and installation.
- Routine maintenance - regular inspections and testing of equipment will help to ensure it is up to code and safe to operate.
Consider these qualities when searching for the right commercial electrician:
1. Are they familiar with your particular business/facility needs? If you have a lot of manufacturing or processing equipment, your electrical needs may be far different than an office building.
2. Will they take care of the regulatory requirements? Make sure your contractor has the proper permits, obtains the necessary inspections and approvals required for the type of work being done, your industry and the local area.
3. Obtain a detailed explanation of the work to be done along with estimated costs. Any agreement should indicate how unexpected costs will be handled, and if overtime charges are allowed.
4. What type of tools and processes do they use? You want a contractor who is up to date with the latest (appropriate) equipment and procedures for the type of work you need to be done. They should also be able to tell you when some of your existing equipment needs upgrading to remain efficient and safe.
5. After work is done, how accessible are they for regular maintenance or emergency repairs? You want to know that you can call on a reliable service to address problems quickly.
Whether you have a small office building, manage many buildings, or operate a large manufacturing facility, you should have a commercial electrician you can call on when the need arises. Look for research firms that are experienced with your type and size of business, and ask questions so you'll know you are getting the services your particular business needs.