Power outages caused by damaging storms, grid overload, accidents and other events have become all too common–and can happen at any time. That’s why a standby propane home generator can make a big difference in your life.
When the power goes off, your standby generator turns on automatically to keep the lights shining, the fridge and freezer running, phone and laptops charged and heat or cool air flowing until power has been restored.
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:
Generators range quite a bit in size – and price – depending on which and how many of each category of appliances 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 television and other small appliances.
A large, 25-kW generator on the other hand, can easily run high-wattage heat 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 air conditioning or heat pump system so it is best to consider what you want your generator to accomplish.
If you’ve already invested in a whole-house backup propane generator, you always want to make sure it will operate properly whenever the power goes out. Please follow these tips to ensure you’re prepared for the next power outage.
To learn more about propane gas generators, including generator installation and generator maintenance, please reach out to your Tennessee propane company and they’ll be glad to give you expert advice. If they don’t install propane generators, they’ll most likely be able to refer you to a trusted contractor who does.