In the ever-evolving landscape of technology and industry, demand for electricity has never been higher. Here in New York City, the need for future-proofed electrical infrastructure is even greater than in other places–especially considering the new emissions regulations about to take effect and the general move toward all-electric buildings. Do you know whether your own business, building, or facility is properly wired to handle these increased demands? How can you tell? 

Given these circumstances, it’s a safe bet that the need to expand your electrical infrastructure is not a matter of IF, but of WHEN. Here are five key ways to know when it’s time for a major electrical upgrade.

Consistently Overloaded Circuits
Experiencing frequent overloads can be a clear sign that your electrical infrastructure needs an upgrade. Overloads occur when the electrical demand on a circuit exceeds its capacity. When this happens, you’ll likely notice frequent tripping of circuit breakers and blown fuses. Lights may flicker or turn off, electrical devices may fail or short circuit, HVAC systems may shut down…the list goes on. Left uncorrected, circuit overloads can lead to costly power outages, damage to equipment, and in worst cases, electrical fires. If overloads are becoming a common occurrence, it’s time to consider expanding your infrastructure to handle increased demand. 

Lack of Sufficient Power Outlets
Considering the vast number of NYC buildings that are more than 50 years old, it’s not uncommon for power outlets to be in short supply since many of these buildings were built when the public need for electricity was much lower. Many people deal with this shortage by using an abundance of power strips and extension cords, which can also be dangerous if they use too many of them or “daisy-chain” them together. If you or your team can’t find enough outlets to accommodate your systems, it’s a possible sign that your electrical system is both old and insufficient for your power demands. 

Aging Electrical System
With time, all electrical systems age and become less reliable. Wiring gets corroded, connections get loosened, etc. If your electrical infrastructure is more than a couple of decades old (another common issue in the NYC area), it may not meet modern safety standards or be able to handle the demands of today’s technology. Upgrading your electrical infrastructure not only brings you in line with current standards but also ensures your system can meet your current and future needs.

Additions to Your Building, Facility, or Systems
If your business or facility is growing, your electrical infrastructure needs to keep pace. Adding new equipment, expanding your physical space, or increasing staff numbers can all place increased demand on your electrical system. In these cases, expanding your electrical infrastructure can ensure you have the capacity to support both your current and future growth.

Increase In Energy Consumption/Higher Energy Bills
Your electrical bill can be a great indicator of whether your electrical infrastructure is sufficient or not. If your electrical consumption is spiking and your bills are getting higher, it may not just mean you need more electricity–it may mean you’re wasting energy due to inefficiency. Newer electrical infrastructure is designed to meet more stringent energy efficiency standards than the older systems, and upgrading can potentially lower your energy bills even as demand increases. An energy audit can catch potential areas of waste and hidden electrical problems, but generally speaking, if your bills are too high, an electrical upgrade may be in order.

At Tri-Power Electrical, we have been working within the power grids of the Tri-State Area for decades and are well-versed in installing upgraded systems to meet today’s increased demands. If you’re unsure whether your current electrical systems are sufficient to sustain you both now and in the future, we can help. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.