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Generator Essentials: Preparing for Storm season

Protect Your North Carolina Home with a Propane Backup Generator

generator Danville, VA With a “heat dome” blanketing the country for nearly a week before the end of June, and ocean temps already warmer than usual, it’s not a matter of “if” we’ll see a few hurricanes this season, but how powerful they could be. The North Carolina coast is no stranger to the “cone of probability” for tropical storms and hurricanes. Of course, it doesn’t take a Cat 5 storm to down lines and knock out electricity, leaving you without power for days. With more frequent extreme and unpredictable weather, it’s more important than ever to be prepared.

Flashlights and batteries, fresh water, backup medications are all good to have on hand. But a backup propane generator is hands-down the best ways to protect your home and property. These units come on within seconds of a power failure to keep your lights on and your refrigerator, furnace and a/c running until the utilities get the lines back up.

And if you’re away from home when the power fails, you get peace of mind knowing your standby propane generator will keep security systems on as well.

Propane generators are quiet, extremely efficient and clean-burning, with low emissions. They are also less expensive (and less stinky) to run than gas-powered portable options—which won’t run your whole home, either. (Just keeping a portable generator full of gas during an extended outage will get expensive quickly, not to mention potentially having to wait on long lines for more fuel.)

What Size Generator Do I Need?

There are a wide variety of size options, from “essential power” models that will run key equipment such as your refrigerator, heat and lights, to true whole-house generators that can manage the demands of most extra-large homes, even during extended outages. Talk to one of the pros on our team to determine the best size generator for your home and needs. Here are some key points to consider:

Of course, there are other factors to consider as you make your choice. You may not feel the need to power your whole house during an emergency. Ask yourself what you need to have running to keep your home safe and comfortable. Does anyone in your home require power for medical equipment?

Real Peace of Mind

One of the key benefits of a propane backup generator is that you have the fuel to run it already on hand in your propane storage tank. Plus, there’s no need to wrestle a portable generator out of the garage and get it set up and started, while messing with fuel, possibly in the dark or in treacherous conditions.

Have questions about how a whole-house generator can provide peace of mind through hurricane season and beyond? We sell and install generators from Kohler and Generac and can answer all your questions about how you can safely and comfortably weather storms and power outages. Contact us for more information today!