A commercial building typically has a more complex electrical system than a private residence, especially in multi-use buildings that contain tenants of various industries. As the building owner or property manager, you not only have the job of ensuring the electrical systems are safe for the tenants, you must also make sure that the system is up to date to both protect the building and ensure the electrical system is as cost effective as possible. An electrical inspection can help spot problems so you can fix them fast.
1. Dedicated Circuits
In an ideal setting, each unit within your commercial building is on its own dedicated circuit box. Not only does this make it easier to track electrical costs to the appropriate tenant for setting rent and overhead, it also means that one tenant's electrical load won't impact other tenants as much. Dedicated circuit boxes are especially vital if you have tenants that run high-power equipment, such as some medical offices or manufacturing businesses. You can ensure that electrical needs and safety are balanced by requiring tenants to consult with your on-call electrical service when installing any equipment that requires power over a certain set limit.
2. Updated Wiring
Old, outdated electrical systems are a major issue in older buildings. These systems often suffer overloads simply because of increased electrical loads by basic modern equipment like computer systems. Not only are power surges an issue with older wiring and circuit breakers, but the chances of an electrical fire are higher. For example, if your tenants do not have sufficient outlets in their office, they are more likely to overload an outlet with power strips and outlet extenders — which increases fire danger. If you have an older building, schedule an electrical inspection. The electrician will make sure all of your wiring is up to date and meets current codes. Further, they can install updated circuit breakers, integrated surge protectors, and GFCI outlets in areas where shorts are common.
3. Energy Upgrades
Upgrades to your building benefit both you and your tenants. For example, updating old incandescent and outdated fluorescent fixtures to newer LED technologies will save on energy costs in your building. Many municipalities may even offer rebates and tax breaks for business properties that upgrade to more energy-efficient options. An electrician can perform an inspection to locate unnecessary energy "leaks," and then make upgrade recommendations targeted to your building and the needs of your tenants.
For more help, contact a commercial electrical repair service in your area.