Single-Phase or Three-Phase Circuits: Which is the Right One for Your Application?
When we’re working with residential electrical clients, it’s generally easy to suggest they choose single-phase circuits. Why? Because most homes don’t have an enormous electrical pull. On the other hand, when we’re working with commercial clients, it is much more common for us to recommend three-phase circuits.
If you’re not sure which is right for your company, or you don’t know what the difference is at all, then keep reading. You can also contact Sonner Electric at 661-728-0126 to ask us directly. We will gather basic information from you, suggest the best option, and provide a quote.
Single-Phase Power: The Basics
Generally used only in residential applications, single-phase power involves all voltages of the electrical system varying in unison. In other words, all waves or cycles of power occur concurrently. Think of it this way: If you drew this on a piece of paper, all waves would be on top of each other and you would have just a single line. In the United States, phases are generally divided, which results in split phase power.
Three-Phase Power: The Basics
Now that we’ve covered single-phase power, consider three-phase power. It involves three phases, or cycles, of power that happen one after another – not at the same time as occurs in single-phase power. Each phases is out of cycle with the other cycles by one-third. Once again, consider sitting down and drawing this power on paper – instead of a single line, you would have three distinct cycles. In most cases, commercial properties are better suited for three-phase than single-phase power for one simple reason: Three-phase circuits can handle a lot more power.
Energy-Hungry Equipment Necessitates Three-Phase Circuits
If you are a commercial client and you have energy-hungry equipment, then we are generally going to encourage you to choose three-phase circuits. Once again, they can handle much more power, which make them the only chose for businesses. Remember that not only can then handle larger electrical needs, but this gives your company consistency and stability you need to stay online at all times. Do not risk losing power by having the wrong circuit system.
We Can Help Your Company Choose the Right Electrical Installations
No matter the type of business you are running or what your electrical needs are, you can count on Sonner Electric to offer the best solutions. Call us now at 661-728-0126 to find out more about your options. We will listen to your needs, complete an on-site visit if necessary, and advise you on how to move forward.