How to choose the right switchboard for your home or business
Did you know that the electrical switchboard is considered to be the ‘operational heart’ of any building or facility power system? Since our modern lifestyle relies on electricity more than ever, choosing the right switchboard is imperative. So here is a little guide about the main switchboard types to get you started.
Did you know that Australia was responsible for 84% of all electricity use in the Pacific region according to the Global Energy Statistical Yearbook 2018?
Our country consumed 129 TWh (Terawatt-hour), while the world energy consumption increased with 2.6%, due to electrification of energy uses. Looking at these numbers, it is highly important to implement reliable and efficient switchboard solutions to support our daily activities.
What are the main types of switchboards?
Modular switchboard systems
Not all buildings are created equal. Each one of them has its own, unique features and must fulfil different requirements. Therefore, suitable equipment that is able to accommodate your specific needs must be one of the primary concerns. In this case, modular switchboard systems are better in terms of flexibility, safety and reliability in a wide range of environments.
A modular switchboard is easy to install and arrange on site, while also offering an efficient scaling solution. For example, when you need to increase your system capacity, adding extra modules is relatively simple and fast.
Mechanical services switchboards
Compared to Modular switchboards, Mechanical services switchboards (MSSB) are suitable for important functions where downtime could present a real problem. These strong switchboards can offer extra reliability and easy control of circuits. AC, water heating or alarm systems, for instance, need to be supported with efficient electricity supply you can count on. For this reason, we recommend you to choose dedicated switchboards for essential mechanical services.
Typically built with high-quality materials, a mechanical services switchboard can effectively manage all electrical systems running in the background of an apartment complex or office building.
Is it time to upgrade your old switchboard?
If you often deal with blown fuses, tripped circuits or flickering lights, your electrical switchboard may need immediate attention. That is why, whether you’re a home or business owner, you should pay attention to these signals and stop the issue before it’s too late.
Plus, if you own an old version, you may want to call your local electrician to upgrade your switchboard and make it compliant with the new Australian Standards.
Until next time, be sure to stay safe while travelling!
Your friend and electrical expert,