Electrical Upgrades And Computer Safety
If you want to add more power to your computer use, you'll probably want to add more custom parts and build/buy more computers to enhance productivity. With the new computers comes supporting devices and electrical demands that not every building is designed to handle. Before making a huge investment in technology, invest in an electrical inspection first to make sure that electrical disaster isn't in your near future.
Where Does Computer Electrical Demand Come From?
Modern computers are modular devices that have specific components for specific jobs. Whether you're using a desktop, laptop or server, the power demand begins at the same place: the power supply.
Power supply units are measured in wattage, which can vary depending on how much power you need. Basic computers can have anything from 400w to 500w, while professional design or gaming computers may demand 800w to 1000w. There is no one answer, as choosing a power supply depends on what parts you add to the computer.
A lot of the power demand comes from expansion cards. These cards are what creates a specialization with computers, as they enhance a specific purpose. A gaming computer, for example, needs a video card to handle all of the intense graphics that games create. A musician or sound producer needs a sound card to create and modify unique sounds with complex instructions not found on a standard computer.
Each of these cards requires more power, and the required power changes based on the manufacturer and the added features. Main components such as the processor can demand more power as well, and all of your supporting devices such as speakers/sound systems, modems and routers can also add to the demand.
With all of these devices, there could be a danger lurking in your walls.
Inefficient Or Insufficient Wiring
Older buildings may not have been designed to account for leaps in power demand in the future, and buildings that were quickly built to fill an office/industry boom's demand may have been designed with flaws due to the rush or complacency during repetitive installation.
If you haven't noticed any problems in your office so far, what's the problem? You could be lucky in that your current electronics aren't enough to push the electrical wiring over its limit. With increased power demand comes more heat, as more electricity is drawn through offices and work centers for longer periods of time, which can lead to wire overheating and eventually wire damage.
Wire overheating can be as simple as a burned, broken wire, or could be as subtle as unseen sparks. You could lose power, which can damage your computers with sudden stops, or you may spark a fire with too much electrical demand.
Instead of risking it all, an electrician can help by adding new wiring and distributing the electricity across multiple wires. With additional wiring, the electrical load can be spread out more evenly and the maximum temperature per wire can be lowered. Contact an electrician to begin discussing your electrical upgrade needs and what you should invest in for powerful computer system safety.
A service such as Genesis Electrical Service Inc. can give you more information.