We often take our reliance on power for granted. Until we don’t have it.
Then, our reliance on things such as television, computers, air conditioning and phone chargers comes to the forefront.
Spring’s tendency to bring with it powerful storms makes it an opportune time to consider whether a propane-powered standby generator makes sense for you in your home. Having a generator on hand to ensure your household continues running as normally as possible in the face of an extended power outage gives you considerable peace of mind.
It will automatically kick on in the event of a power outage, minimizing the storm’s impact on your family.
Benefits of Propane Power
Diesel fuel will break down within six months due to contaminants in the fuel, which can lead to fuel instability – a real problem when you’re relying on the generator when you most need it.
Propane is a more stable, reliable choice – it doesn’t break down, and a decent-sized tank will provide power much longer than most diesel generators. A full 7kW generator with a 250-gallon propane tank will power a home for as long as five days.
Another plus of propane backup power is that it’s quiet – diesel generators can be extremely noisy, even violating cities’ noise level ordinances. Propane generators generally run at about 60 decibels, which is about the same volume as a typical conversation.
Being without power can be more than an inconvenience – it can be a safety concern as well.
A thunderstorm could potentially damage your propane system’s tanks, lines or appliances so check them for damages. Give yourself further peace of mind by having propane and carbon monoxide detectors in the case of leaks caused by a storm.
In the event of flooding, turn off the propane if safe to do so – close the valve by turning it clockwise. Then, turn off the propane supply valves on your appliances. If it doesn’t seem safe, contact your gas company or fire department.
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