News ‐ Who Needs a Commercial Electrician?

Published: 09/08/2022


What is a Commercial Electrician?

Commercial electricians are electricians who work with typically larger electrical systems for different businesses. On the other hand, a domestic electrician will, as the name suggests, work on smaller domestic properties such as in your home. Whilst some of the work and requirements will be similar, commercial electricians often work on a much larger scale of electrical systems.

Domestic projects are usually straightforward compared to commercial ones. Home electrical requirements can often be limited to lighting, heating, and low voltage equipment, for instance. With these projects, there would be no need to power complex machinery or deal with unusual and specialist voltage requirements as often found in commercial settings.

A residential property will often use single-phase power, using single-phase cables. These cables contain one live wire, which is the safest way to power a residential building, and domestic electricians will know how to safely install and maintain this.

On the other hand, commercial structures and properties will use three-phase power. This means that the cables will have three live wires instead of one. This will provide more current to power the building and have a higher efficiency than a single-phase power system. Maintaining and installing these three-phase systems are often more complicated and require specialist knowledge and equipment.

Therefore, if you own a business or a company, the electrical requirements are often very different compared to domestic requirements. If you have any electrical issues or need some advice, then you should get in touch with a commercial electrical expert to ensure they have the experience and skills needed.


Choosing a Commercial Electrician

When looking for an electrician, it can be tempting to choose the cheapest option. However, this can often be a false economy which will mean further costs in future. Cheaper commercial electricians may have less experience or fewer resources, potentially meaning a poorer service and quality of work which could result in faults or safety concerns. This isn’t to say a commercial electrician is expensive as ensuring your electrics are running smoothly can actually save your business thousands in lost revenue for example.

Investing in quality service will usually mean resource is available as and when you need them, meaning better support in emergencies. Working with a team of experts, such as Airkool means businesses can call on a wide range of skills, supporting commercial clients with all their electrical needs to a high standard.

You should consider the reputation of the company that you may hire. Your commercial electrician should not only perform the job and requirements to the highest standard but also deliver fantastic customer service day-in, day-out. When choosing a commercial electrician or electrical contractor, review their testimonials or ask to speak to their current clients. Their social media or Google is often a great place to start your research. When engaging a commercial electrician for the first time you should also ensure that the electricians that you use, give you the correct paperwork and that they carry the correct certificates, as this will prove that the electricians are safe to conduct the services that they provide.


Do You Need a Commercial Electrician?

When you are looking at electrical requirements for your business, you should always get in touch with a reputable commercial electrician. Even something as simple as changing a lightbulb in a factory, for example, can cause issues with access which a commercial electrician will be used to. Due to the different electrical setup between your home and a business, it would always pay to reach out to a commercial electrician even for seemingly minor issues as these could be caused by a much larger, underlying issue that would need resolving as soon as possible. For some businesses and industries, for example, there may also be strict legal or health & safety requirements which need to be accounted for which commercial electricians should be used to dealing with. Therefore, for any business, we would always recommend speaking to a commercial expert for any electrical requirements.


Airkool are one of the leading electrical contractors in Hull and East Yorkshire with an extensive, specialist team that is fully NICEIC registered. We offer a complete range of electrical contracting work, from system design and installation to testing, maintenance, inspections, repairs and an emergency call-out service. Companies trust us nationwide and have an excellent history when it comes to successfully delivering commercial electrical projects to the highest standard. If you would like to learn more about our electrical contracting services, or are interested in our other services such as heating, plumbing or air conditioning, please contact us.