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Multi-Family Unit

Multi dwelling units such as townhomes, condo buildings, senior living communities and hotels have distinct electrical requirements and challenges. The most important aspect is reliable power supply to all units and recent automotive technology fueling the demand for electric charging stations. Large, repetitive areas, firewalls and steel studded construction account for their unique needs. 

Correct installations by qualified and experienced electricians translates to occupant and property safety. Proper controls, wiring and safety devices (like ground-fault circuit interrupters) help avoid flickering lights, frequent electrical surges and circuit overloads. 

Unfortunately, electricity is one of the most misunderstood aspects of construction. The experienced technicians at J & S Electrical Contractors, Inc., highlight important aspects of wiring multi-unit residential and commercial properties. 

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Key Priorities for Electrical Systems in Multi Units  

  • Continuous operation and sustainability: Technological improvements and updated regulatory codes are constantly driving change in multi-unit dwellings and businesses. Invest in an electrical system that is not only durable but can also efficiently accommodate any future needs.

  • Proper wire length: Wrong wire length can interrupt the power connection and cause short circuits. Wire sizing is critical to any electrical wire installation and based on the American Wire Gauge (AWG) system. The gauge determines how much current it can safely handle. When choosing size, your electrician should consider what it will be used for. Improperly matched wires create a notable risk of short circuits and fire hazards.

  • Grounding and bonding: The main reason for this is safety. Both grounding and bonding protect users from electric shock and serve as the foundation for any electrical system. These services should be performed by an experienced electrician.

  • Balancing loads: Overloaded circuits can cause frequent tripping of circuit breakers. High wattage items like computers, hairdryers, irons and microwaves drawing electricity from the same source are typically the cause. Your electrician can eliminate or minimize the problem by installing more outlets to spread the building’s electrical use.

  • Appropriate surge protection: Lighting, building automation and sprinkler systems are a substantial investment. Surge protectors are the first line of defense against surges from utility transients and lightning. When selecting a surge protection device, it is important to ensure that it is appropriate for the zone of protection for which it will be used.

  • Ingress protection: Underground and above electrical system components are often exposed to condensation, accidental water and oil spills as well as foreign solid objects, which can shorten their lifespan. Ingress protection keeps them operational and extends their service life. 

Mauro    Electric

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