Imagine it’s just after 7 a.m. on Monday morning. You pull into your normal parking space, take out your keys to open the front door and start setting up your office for the day. ahead
Between sips of coffee it hits you. Something doesn’t feel right.
The air conditioning isn’t working and half of the office’s computer monitors aren’t turning on. Everything from the Wi-Fi to the refrigerator feels out of whack. You scramble to find the fuse box, frantically resetting switches but nothing seems to fix the situation. After thirty minutes on the phone with the electric company, the building engineer steps in and connects the dots. The issue is clear: Your office has just suffered a costly and unexpected electrical surge.
Regardless of whether you operate a brick-and-mortar retail store, a traditional office or a large-scale commercial facility, understanding how electrical surge can affect your business is critical to long-term planning and success.
At their worst, electrical surges can damage computer systems, slow business operations and cost thousands of dollars to recover from. Yet at the same time, a modest investment in preventative infrastructure can minimize risk while offering business owners lasting peace of mind.
What Is An Electrical Surge?
An electrical surge (sometimes referred to as a power surge or voltage spike) is a massive, sudden increase in current in an electrical circuit. Lasting only a matter of microseconds, this boost can spread throughout an entire electrical system, causing damage to connected appliances and devices, as well as to hard-wired systems.
Though commonly associated with thunderstorms and weather conditions, electrical surges can be triggered many different ways. In a business setting, high-powered electrical equipment and appliances, such as elevators and commercial HVAC units, are most often to blame. When motors in these devices switch on and off, they can demand a staggering amount of energy, which in turn affects the flow of electrical current system-wide.
Both in high-impact instances and through repeated, low-level surges, these spikes can spell trouble, damaging electrical equipment and eroding components.