With warmer weather arriving soon, we’re facing a higher risk for severe weather such as thunderstorms and hurricanes.
That increases our risk of having the power go out in our homes.
As per the U.S. Energy Administration, in 2021 (the most recent year tabulated), customers of electricity endured an average blackout time period of seven hours and twenty minutes, with more than five out of those hours directly attributed to severe occurrences such as hurricanes, wildfires, and snowstorms. That seven-plus hour average blackout time is more than twice as long as it was in 2013.
Our aging, overburdened electricity infrastructure makes losing power in your home a problem that’s not only not going to go away, but one that will likely get worse over time.
Parker Gas has a solution that will help you keep you and your family safe and comfortable when the power goes out: propane whole-house standby generator installation! We are a Briggs & Stratton authorized dealer. We’re your one-stop shop when it comes to generators because we can also install the propane tank for your generator and provide dependable propane delivery, so your generator always has the fuel it needs.
Briggs & Stratton carries propane whole-house standby generators that range in power from 10kW to 26kW. Which one you use depends on factors such as the size of your home, what you need and want in terms of power, and your budget.
Most people buy generators somewhere in the middle of that range. They’ll use between 2.5 and 3.5 gallons of propane an hour when the generator is running at full capacity. Remember, although your generator will be running throughout the power outage, it might not be running at full capacity all that time.
A professional electrician is invaluable to determine the ideal generator for your home. They will be able to perform accurate load calculations that guarantee your family has sufficient emergency electrical power in case of an outage.
Propane is unmatched in terms of the advantages it provides over other fuel sources for whole-house standby generators. Unlike diesel or gasoline, propane won’t degrade over time, making it a better choice.
With proper generator maintenance, including annual tune-ups from Parker Gas, your propane standby generator can last 30 years or more, making it a superior investment in your home’s value and quality of life.
If a generator is left unused for an extended period, it can develop issues that could lead to its failure when you need it. Make it a monthly practice to turn on your generator and let it run for at least 20 minutes. Power it up to a full load and pay close attention for any problems. If you notice something isn’t performing correctly or sounds awry, contact us immediately so we can assess and resolve the issue before the next power outage.
With propane generator installation and reliable propane delivery from Parker Gas, you and your loved ones can weather power outages in safety and comfort. Contact us today to get started!