Have you ever thought of installing a natural gas generator?
Next time a storm blows through, you can be the one on the block who is still up and running.
But you’ve got to think about that scenario now, before it happens, so you can get ready to meet Mother Nature’s worst.
Beyond the general desire to have the lights on, there are some specific reasons a homeowner or business owner will want a generator for back up:
- Health: The need for vital health equipment like an oxygen machine or a nebulizer may make the loss of power a life-or-death situation.
- Safety: Security systems are only as good as your power supply, so it’s critical to stay safe during outages.
- Comfort: Air conditioning and heating that won’t switch on or function in a power outage can leave you sweating or shivering.
- Provisions: A non-working refrigerator or freezer puts your food and inventory at risk of spoiling.
- Dryness: Generators can keep the sump pumps on to help you avoid flooding during a storm and the damage it can cause to your property.
Once you’ve decided to get a generator, the question remains which one to buy. You’ve got two choices: gasoline-powered portable models and permanently-installed machines running on natural gas, called automatic home standby generators.
Automatic home standby generators require professional installation, but in the midst of the crisis need absolutely no input from you: They hum to life as soon as power goes out and automatically revert to standby mode when it is restored. Powered by underground gas lines, they can run indefinitely.
Portable generators, on the other hand, require lots of set up at the time they’re needed; are loud, smelly, and polluting; and run only as long as the gas supply lasts. They’ll do in a pinch, but aren’t ideal for a prolonged stint without electric power.
“[Homeowners] need to ask themselves how prepared do they need to be for a power-outage,” says Art Aiello of Generac Power Systems. “What kind of generator solution will allow them to keep their lives going during an extended power outage?”
The fact is, you never know for how long the power will be out. That’s why it’s worthwhile to consider a permanently-installed generator, despite the extra effort and expense of installation and maintenance.
A natural gas generator offers three power distribution scenarios: essential loads, managed loads or whole house. Essential Loads supplies electrical power during an outage only to devices you've selected. Whole House provides generator power to all devices in your home, as if they were drawing normal utility power.