How Long A Propane Generator Will Run

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Why use a propane generator?

During storms, whether they are hurricane, snow, or tornado storms, power outages are frightening and inconvenient. Thankfully, there are gasoline and propane generators to keep a few lights on and the food frozen and refrigerated!  However, not everybody has access to gasoline and propane generators, or how to use them.

So, we’re going to answer some basic questions and talk about a few things to do with gasoline, natural gas, and propane generators. What may seem like a simple “no” to some of us, those who haven’t used a propane generator, or any type of generator, wouldn’t know. Questions like,  can propane generator run indoors?

While propane is more environmentally friendly with less carbon emissions produced, and is a safer fuel with less toxic fumes,  it is still flammable and has the potential of exploding. With that said, because of the carbon monoxide that is still produced during propane gas’ incomplete combustion, no, propane generators should not be used indoors.

If 2020 should have taught us anything, it was to be prepared!  In addition to the mandatory quarantine, we’ve experienced several natural disasters and unexpected weather across the country that turned off the heat and light. Those with gasoline and propane generators were more prepared than the rest of us and we all can learn what benefits were available for those with generators.  But why propane generators over other types of generators?

  • When gasoline pumps aren’t working due to no power, propane fuel is still available because it is stored in individual tanks and bulk cylinders.
  • Propane has a limitless shelf life unlike gasoline, which begins to degrade without a stabilizer.
  • A propane generator that sits idle for months doesn’t fill up with carbon deposits or contamination like a gasoline generator.

With those three facts, propane generators will give you more confidence of being at the ready when you need it, a peace of mind. When the lights are out, the party doesn’t have to be over with propane generators for a power source. Propane generators offer benefits that gasoline or natural gas generators don’t:

ENVIRONMENTAL ADVANTAGE

Propane gas is a ‘clean’ fuel, meaning it has lower production of carbon monoxide compared to gasoline or other fuels. Propane generators release approximately half the CO that a gasoline generator does and creates fewer emissions. With propane being stored in cylinders and tanks, there isn’t any risk of it spilling like gasoline either. Propane generators connect directly to the propane cylinder or tank with a hose.

LESS EXPENSIVE

Even while being prepared for an emergency, we need to respect the environment too, but every business and homeowner has concerns financially too. Propane generators used regularly have an advantage over other generators with a lower cost fuel that is available across the country at most gas stations and hardware stores, or propane suppliers. Because it has almost an unlimited shelf life, you can store additional propane bottles and cylinders within local regulations.

How loud is propane generator?

That will depend on the power level it is producing. The noise level of propane generators is related to the amount of power being produced, so with 6,000 watts and up of power, you’ll have up to 80 decibels of sound. Smaller propane generators that produce 3,000 watts of power have a decibel of around 60 decibels.

Can propane generator be converted to natural gas?

Yes, in fact, there are do-it-yourself kits to change propane generator to natural gas and to gasoline too! Yes, you are reading this right, you can have a generator that will run on all 3 types of gas, giving you a true backup generator to have during power failures. The do-it-yourself kits allow you to do this yourself with just a few simple steps instead of taking your propane generators to the shop.

For dependability, what is the difference between using a propane generator vs natural gas? Propane generators allow you store cylinders and tanks for years without the fuel going bad or gumming up like gasoline does. Nor do propane generators pollute the air, but still, natural gas is at an unlimited supply coming from the earth. It doesn’t go bad or get gummy either.

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What does a propane generator cost?

A known brand of propane generators permanently installed to your home that automatically provides power at any sign of power failure will cost around $1,900 plus installation. These provide the entire house power when the electricity goes out.

This includes keeping the lights on, the food chilled and frozen, and more. Best part yet, it works without having to stretch extension cords around and through you house because it is directly connected to your home’s power system.

What about a propane generator and battery system? How reliable are these systems?  A battery backup system paired with solar appears to be the best solution for California, or anywhere the electric grid is outdated and underpowered. This type of system is ideal for supplying power to homes during blackouts and reducing the cost of electricity when the grid needs it elsewhere.

Would it be beneficial to have a propane generator with inverter? A dual-fuel inverter generator, also referred to as a hybrid generator can operate on either gasoline or propane. These types of propane generators  converts AC power ( alternating current) to DC power (direct current) power using the alternator and converts back to AC current by the inverter. Call 817-341-7240 today for your propane generator needs in Weatherford, TX.