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Save Time, Money & Reputation with
Power Conditioning, Remote Monitoring
Integrators can confidently address today's massive residential power strain,
protect clients' property and proactively troubleshoot problems. BY LAUREN SIMMEN

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ESIDENTIAL POWER environ-

ments face more strain than ever.
The pandemic has forced workers into home offices, sent students into
literal " homerooms, " yet also seen many
consumers shift their disposable income
toward expensive electrical equipment
and smart home upgrades.
As the burden on vulnerable power
environments increases, so too may the
occurrence of power anomalies in the
form of swells, sags, surges, brownouts
and everything in between. These issues
can have detrimental effects on the lifespan and performance of sensitive equipment and can also lead to inconvenient
blackouts or lockups.
These power problems are, of course, an
issue of power quality, rather than power
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Integrators can work with suppliers such as
SurgeX to find the right diagnostic tools and
products that will deliver proper protection
and remote capabilities.

iar with the difference, all they will see is
failing performance from their equipment.
Unaware that the power is the problem,
their ire may turn to the custom integrators
who sold and installed their equipment.
To head off such frustrations, cut
down on superfluous and costly truck
rolls, and bolster their reputation with
consumers, integrators should deploy
power conditioning and remote monitoring in tandem.
Disruptions in the performance of
electrical equipment in residential settings
are something homeowners rarely consider ahead of time because such disruptions
are uncommonly experienced in commer-

cial settings. That is because as a commercial property, the building has likely been
analyzed by a power conditioning system
to identify potential issues and managers likely integrated power solutions to
resolve them.
It is not that the office has perfect
power - such a thing does not exist
- but rather that the office has proper
power management. Integrators ought to
employ the same strategies in residential
settings to keep homeowners' power quality adhering to the smooth sinewave electrical engineers love to see.
But how does power conditioning play
out in practice? First, integrators will want
to conduct a power environment analysis using a power conditioning system.
This process is simple and only requires a
technician to plug in a tool that needs to
remain in place for a month or so.
The system will provide power protection and conditioning as it runs, and once
its month of data is collected, technicians
are able to reach conclusions about the likely
causes of power equipment disturbances and
which technologies can best alleviate them.
Depending on the needs of the power
environment, the proper power management solutions will change, but the standard style of solution typically needed is
one that will measure electrical parameters,
including voltage, current, power, frequency, power factor and crest factor, while also
providing advanced surge protection and
power conditioning in an appropriately
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