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Benefits of a Propane Whole-House Generator

When the Power Goes Out, Propane Steps In

propane north carolina All of us have experienced quite a few uncomfortable power outages in North Carolina over the years. In preparation for these disruptions, some folks keep small portable generators in their garage for power outage emergencies. But these units have the capacity to deliver only a limited amount of power. They can also be dangerous if not vented properly and keeping them adequately fueled can also be an issue.

In comparison, a whole-house backup propane generator allows you to enjoy all the comforts of home and keeps you safe anytime power is interrupted. With a propane-fueled standby generator, your power will restart automatically within seconds after an outage, and it will stay on until power is restored—all without the work involved with running a portable generator.

Permanently installed outside your home, much like an air conditioning condenser unit, and connected to a propane tank, generators are available in a variety of capacities to fit the needs of any size home in North Carolina.

Protect your Home Comfort

With a propane whole-house backup generator, you’ll get through a summer outage with your air conditioning keeping the house cool. If you lose power in the winter, your home will stay at a safe, warm temperature so you and your family will be comfortable.

Protect Vulnerable Loved Ones

Is there someone in your home who relies on medical equipment such as oxygen, home dialysis, or an electric wheelchair? A propane whole-house backup generator keeps their vital equipment running.

Protect Your Food

Some of the food items in your refrigerator can begin to spoil in just a few hours after the power goes out. You could end up throwing away hundreds of dollars’ worth of food from your refrigerator and freezer without a propane whole-house backup generator.

Keep Your Electronics In Use

A backup generator powers your laptop, mobile phones, TV, gaming system and more. You can work safely from home; you and your family will stay entertained, and you can stay connected online with loved ones and the world outside as you await updates on restored power.

Choosing the Right Size Generator

When it comes to whole house generators, it’s critical to identify your specific comfort needs up front. The size of a whole house generator depends on what you intend to operate during an outage. Electrical appliances in your home tend to fall into two categories:

  • Your “power essentials,” which include things like your lights, garage door opener, fridge/freezer, sump and well pumps, your furnace fan, security system, TV/computers, microwave, and washing machine.
  • Your high-wattage items, including your cooling system, electric dryer, hot tub, water heater, oven, geothermal system, and well pump.

Generators range quite a bit in size – and price – depending on which and how many in each category of the appliances listed above you want or need to operate when the power is out. A small, 5-kilowatt (kW) unit, for example, can operate power essentials such as lights, a refrigerator, a TV and other small appliances.

A large, 25-kW generator on the other hand, can easily run high-wattage heating or air conditioning units while still being able to turn on lights and appliances. Depending on what other high wattage appliances are being run, a 25-kW generator may only be able to power one cooling system, so it is best to consider what you want your generator to accomplish.

If you don’t have a propane generator yet and would like to explore your options, reach out to your North Carolina propane company for advice. Since whole house generators need to be connected to both your home’s electric supply and a fuel source, you’ll need certified professional technicians to make sure the job is done safely – and done right. Your propane company can probably refer you to a trusted professional who can handle all aspects of the project.