One of the things that many business owners overlook when it comes to building safety, maintenance, and repairs is the proactive assessment of the electrical system. You probably have a routine inspection done each year, but do you also ask for an electrical system thermal scan? If not, you're missing out on a valuable tool that could potentially save your company from disaster. Here's a look at what you need to know about thermal scans for your building's electrical system and what makes them worthwhile.
Easily Identifies Excessive Electrical Draw
One of the things that you just can't see from a routine electrical system inspection is the demand on your electrical circuits. It's just not visible to the naked eye. When you choose a thermal scan, on the other hand, you'll get a clear picture of the electrical flow in the system.
That's because electricity generates heat. The more draw there is on an electrical circuit, the warmer that circuit is. That's how you can tell when you have an electrical circuit that's exceeding the safe draw and at risk of a short or, worse, a fire. Circuits that appear on a thermal scan as far hotter than the circuits around them are ones that will need repair and attention.
Reduces Your Company's Downtime
Electrical repairs often come with operational downtime, especially if they require a complete shutdown of the electrical system. However, if you opt for routine thermal scans of your building's electrical system, you'll be able to identify problems before they become disasters, which can allow for faster repairs and less downtime for your business. Proactive care takes far less time than responsive repairs.
Not to mention, you don't have to shut the electrical system down for a thermal scan. This is in contrast to some of the more invasive and elaborate electrical system inspections that may require you to shut off the electricity to specific areas, or to the entire building. Talk with your electrical contractor about how a thermal scan can be done without disrupting your ongoing operations.
Preserves Your Equipment Investments
Another benefit that many business owners don't think about is the preservation of your company's equipment. Remember that any electrical problems can lead to power surges and electrical fires, both of which may damage equipment that your company has invested in. If you want to protect those investments, maintaining your electrical system is essential. Thermal scanning is a valuable investment in those situations.
Talk with your local electrical contractor today for more help and information about electrical scans and preventative care.