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Power outage? No problem, thanks to natural gas generators.
It’s that moment that every homeowner dreads: when the TV goes silent, the computer shuts down and the lights go out.
If the power outage lasts only a few hours, it’s just a minor inconvenience. But if the outage lasts a couple of days, a week, or even longer, then the situation quickly becomes serious, with the potential for dead phone batteries, spoiled food, frozen pipes, flooded basements, lack of running water and a host of other problems.
While a portable generator that runs on gasoline or diesel fuel can help power individual items, like plug-in appliances and lamps with extension cords, there are obvious drawbacks, such as a limited number of AC and DC receptacles and the need to refuel. Portable generators must also be placed at a safe distance from enclosed spaces due to the potential for carbon monoxide accumulation.
The best option on the market, if budget and space allow, is a standby generator, also called a home generator, which runs on natural gas. Similar to a central air conditioning unit, these generators attach permanently to a home and switch on automatically when the installed system’s transfer switch senses a utility outage.
The benefits to natural gas-powered generators are numerous:
- Restores power in seconds, whether you’re home or away
- Powers a home’s critical hard-wired systems, like AC, heat, sump pumps, well pumps, security systems, and large appliances
- No refueling necessary
- Delivers high-quality power that won’t harm electronics
- Runs off of a reliable, clean and efficient energy source
- Does not require a holding tank or suffer from storage life issues like oil-fueled varieties
Generac’s line of natural gas home generators, for example, ranges in size to accommodate a variety of square footage. They can power just the essentials or provide whole-house power; some models can even be monitored remotely via smart phone by using Generac’s Mobile Link cellular remote.
GE’s standby generators are also available in various sizes and feature the patented Symphony II power management system, which allows homeowners to manage and prioritize the use of up to eight high-wattage appliances.
Weather-related power outages are on the rise, so it’s never been a better time to consider the efficiency, security, and reliability of a natural gas generator.
While your neighbors are busy checking their flashlight batteries, you can rest easy knowing the lights will never go out.