The necessity of residential natural gas generators becomes painfully obvious every time we have an eventful hurricane season in the U.S. The truth is we are largely dependent on electricity and we rely on constant energy supply to our homes. Some of life's basic necessities are now tied to the electricity supply and it seems that without it, almost everything comes to a standstill.
Residential natural gas generators represent a clean backup power choice. Using gas as a fuel source is smart, as it will not affect anything in your immediate living surroundings. In addition, natural gas is quite safe and easy to acquire. You can get it from the gas grid or you can stockpile reserves on your property in a dedicated LP tank.
Residential natural gas generators are connected directly to your home's electrical panel and powered by an external natural gas fuel supply. They usually kick in when an automatic transfer switch disconnects you from your utility after detecting an interruption in service.
When power returns to the grid, the switch shuts down the generator and reconnects your house to the grid. The same switch also protects you from back-feeding energy to the grid and damaging your equipment and infrastructure.
What is the difference between a generator and a backup battery? -Generators can do a lot more in terms of quantity and output. Granted some appliances do not need a lot of power and a backup battery can store several kWh, but it may still fail to deliver.
A battery with a capacity of 10 to 15 kWh usually has a maximum output of 2 to 3 kilowatts per hour to protect the cells. This might not be enough to satisfy the energy needs of all home residents at the same time. Generators on the other hand can constantly deliver their max output capacity allowing you more comfort.
There are several good reasons to consider adding a backup generator to your home and most of them are tied to security improvements. Among the most common reasons to add a generator are:
Without backup in case of a prolonged outage, most homes would be left without running water and temperature regulation.
Residential natural gas generators come in several sizes. Which one you pick depends mostly on the size of your home and the electric appliances you want to cover with it. Those who have a smaller home and simply want to cover the basics could probably do well with a 7kW model. On the other hand, those who live in larger homes and wish to cover just about any electric device at the same time, cal always aim for a over 40kW gas generator.
Generators are large machines largely rely on regular maintenance. They might be supplied with enough fuel to work continuously for two weeks, but after two days of active work, their oil and filters will need changing. To become 100 percent independent, these are chores you will have to learn to do on your own.
As for the gas itself, you can always contact us and find the lowest gas rates in your area. Our consultation is free of charge.