While commercial electrical systems are comprised of a three-phase system, residential is made up of a single-phase.
This means it has a total of 240 volts, with 2 “legs” of 120 volts each. These are each comprised of 3 wires — positive, negative and neutral.
In generally, residential environments do not need to run massive amounts of electricity as much as commercial or industrial environments do.
This means there is no need for heavy duty materials or equipment
Some appliances that are necessary in homes, such as refrigerators, washers, dryers and air conditioning units use a two-phase circuit of 240 volts.
Instead of running through conduits or ceiling rafters such as in commercial or industrial environments, residentially wiring is ran through walls and attic crawl spaces, to protect residents from the risk of electrical shock.
In commercial applications this wiring is usually visible so that it is easily accessible to service.
Another big difference is the type of wiring used. Residential electrical wiring is coated with a simple sheath to cover the bare wires.
Residential electricians must be able to make sure everything is safe for a family’s home. A high quality standard is held to keep a home looking nice and functioning properly.
Now that you understand more about what comes along with residential electrical services, you can decide if you need this type of help from us.
At ANR Electric, we specialize in residential electrical systems. Contact us by clicking the link below for an estimate.