Single Phase and Three Phase Circuits
Which is Right for Your Needs: Single Phase or Three Phase Circuits?
For most residential needs, we would recommend single phase circuits. After all, most homes do not have a huge electrical pull. However, when it comes to our commercial clients, it is much more likely that we would recommend three phase circuits. If you are not sure what the difference is or which one you need, just give Sonner Electric a call at 661-728-0126 so we can help you find the right option.
The Basics of Single Phase Power
Typically used in residential applications, single phase power involves all of the voltages of the electricity varying in unison. Put another way, this means that all waves or cycles of power will occur at the same time. If you sat down and drew this on a piece of paper, all the waves would be on top of each other and a single line would be formed. Here in the U.S., phases are usually divided which results in what is referred to as split phase power.
The Basics of Three Phase Circuits
Now compare single phase power to three phase circuits in which each of these three phase cycles happens in order one after the other, instead of at the same time. Each of these phases is out of cycle by the others by one-third. If you sat down with that same piece of paper to draw this type of power, there would be three cycles that were easily distinct. Most commercial properties use three phase circuits because they are capable of handling a lot more power.
If You Have Energy-Hungry Equipment Then You Need Three Phase Circuits
We recommend three phase circuits for commercial clients who have energy-hungry equipment on account of how much more power three phase circuits can handle. Not only can they handle larger needs, but they can offer the stability and consistency needed in commercial applications.
To find out how we can help you with all manner of commercial electrical services, please contact Sonner Electric at 661-728-0126.