Four Most Common Generator Myths Explained

August 24, 2020 ____ Safety, Home Owners

Propane standby generators provide safety, comfort and peace of mind, even when the power goes out. Don’t let the following 4 myths trick you into thinking otherwise.

Myth 1: Power Outages Won’t Affect My Home

Possibly, the biggest future power outage threats may come from power grid overloads; not just seasonal storm systems. The combined increase in power demand and expanding population create the perfect recipe for outage disasters, and at particularly inconvenient times. These untimely events put you at risk of food spoiling, lack of lighting, damaged electronics, discomfort in hot, humid weather or frigid temperatures, and in general, lots of inconvenience.  And if you own a septic tank, you’ll only get in a couple of toilet flushes. Once you’ve experienced this, you’ll never look back in owning a propane generator.

Myth 2: Generators Require Gasoline & A Lot of Setup Time

Portable gasoline generators have challenges like ensuring the gas is fresh and there’s enough to get through an outage. Fortunately, they’re not the only option. Permanent propane generators are the most convenient option with much less hassle.  Propane does not deteriorate while stored in the tank, and if an appropriately-sized propane storage is installed, the standby generator can provide fuel to power a home for days, even weeks without a need to refuel. Wireless propane tank monitoring and auto delivery options add an additional safety net.  Many high-performance builders will install the electrical panel and gas lines for a standby generator because it’s an attractive option to buyers and less expensive to install from the get-go.

Myth 3: All Generators Are Dirty & Noisy

Unlike portable gasoline generators, propane standby generators don’t smell or endanger the environment. Also, they have become much quieter over the last decade or so, and with high tech features like remote monitoring so the unit’s status can be checked right from the convenience of a phone. This is particularly useful and convenient if you’re away or expecting a big storm.

Myth 4: Renewable Energy Can Replace Generators

Renewable energies like solar panels and battery-storage systems serve an essential role in our environment, but all alone, they can’t take the place of a standby generator.  Batteries by themselves won’t provide enough backup during an extended outage. However, some combined strategies do work, like the installation of a solar system plus a standby generator for backup. Or propane-fueled appliances and systems like water and space heat to reduce the electric load on a solar-powered system. Some builders install both a heat pump and a gas furnace so the home can run on either electricity or propane, depending on what is most efficient or available at the time.

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