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Residential vs Commercial Electricians

Electricians play a vital role in the maintenance of the electrical system of a building, as well as the units in it. Over the years, the demand for electricians, whether commercial or residential, has been rising remarkably. So, whether we realize it or not, the role of electricians in installing electronic power or security systems, telecommunication, wiring and installing equipment, is pre-eminent. There are, however, two aspects or fields, wherein electricians work. 

Let us try to understand these two aspects and the roles and responsibilities associated with them. 

Who is a residential electrician?

A residential electrician works within the boundaries of residential electrical systems. In simple terms, when an electrician works on electrical repairs, replacements, wiring, light fixtures and circuit boards in residential properties, he is called a residential electrician. We can find residential electricians working in single-family homes, residential complexes, condos and so on. The nature of work, taken up by residential electricians differs from that of a commercial electrician.

What is meant by a commercial electrician?

Unlike residential electricians, commercial electricians work on installing electrical systems and components such as transformers, receptacles, and generators in commercial spaces. Commercial spaces include office parks, school buildings, resorts and industrial facilities. 

What are the major differences in the two fields?

Nature of work and responsibilities 

The nature of work differs for a commercial and residential electrician. Residential electricians often work on construction sites and install wiring systems and electrical components for residential units. These electricians also work in established houses, with families living in. The work environment for such electricians is different as they are required to have respect for the property of the homeowners as well. 

On the other hand, commercial electricians work on construction sites for commercial spaces like office parks and retail stores, where the power requirements are different from the residential spaces. 

The job responsibilities associated with both the fields differ significantly as residential electricians work with voltage systems between 120-240 volts while the commercial electricians work with a voltage that exceeds 240 volts, which is usually required in commercial spaces.

Despite their differences, one factor that is common in both the fields is maintenance. Electrical maintenance is a significant part of any kind of space, where failure to do so, can lead to unavoidable expenses and problems. 

In this regard, commercial and residential electricians at NW Electrical Solutions can offer a commendable service with reliable solutions. 

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