Basnett Plumbing, Heating & AC Blog: Archive for the ‘Generators’ Category

A Major Power Outage Can Cost You: Schedule Whole-House Generator Installation Today

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

A power outage is no laughing matter when it means going many hours or even several days without any access to the appliances and systems you rely on each and every day. A power outage could be fun for some families for an hour or two while family members take turns telling scary stories by candlelight or playing a game of charades. But in most households, there are systems that are tough to get by without, especially in extreme temperatures.

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Is Your Whole Home Generator Ready for Winter?

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

We all know what last winter was like and how, in general, New England winters can knock the power out for days. The main reason to have a whole home generator is to ensure that should a classic winter nor’easter hit, you will be able to maintain your home just about normally. However, if your generator hasn’t been maintained, you may be in for an unwelcome surprise. This is where the pros from Basnett Plumbing & Heating come in.

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Has Your Whole Home Generator in Concord, MA Been Maintained?

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

In the days just before school starts and regular schedules start again, no one really wants to think of bad weather. But it is the beginning of hurricane season, and with it comes nor’easter season, and we have seen our fair share of some storms over the last few years. If you have a whole home generator, you know how important these units are when a major weather event knocks the power out. But just imagine not having that supplemented power just when you need it – what would you do? You can avoid this scenario by making sure your generator is scheduled for maintenance.

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Is a Propane Generator Right for My Home?

Friday, January 30th, 2015

When it comes to fueling a whole-home generator, there are three fuel choices: natural gas, diesel and propane (LP). Deciding which type of generator will work best for your home based on the fuel type is determined partly by preference and partly what is available to you. All three types can keep the major systems of your home operational during a power outage, so how do you choose? This is where you’ll want to start working with a trained expert.

Using Propane

Not all homes have access to a natural gas line, and if you don’t have access to one, your next choice is propane. Propane is typically stored in a tank, an option that isn’t available for natural gas. Propane is part of the chemical make-up of natural gas, so the two fuels come from the same family; as such, they behave and work in a similar way.

How an LP Generator Works

An LP whole-home generator works just as any other home generator: it connects directly to your home’s electrical panel and is equipped with sensors that detect when an outage has occurred. Should an outage occur, the generator automatically takes over providing electricity to the electrical box so that your home’s major systems stay operational. The main difference between an LP generator and a natural gas one is that instead of being connected to a main pipeline for fuel, the generator is connected to the LP tank.

Why Consider an LP Generator?

In addition to the general benefits a generator provides, here are some others to consider that are specific to LP:

  • LP has a long shelf life
  • LP is clean-burning
  • An LP generator can easily supply the power you need to keep your home operational
  • LP fuel is available during an outage (tank needs to be filled)

If you are interested in installing a whole-home generator but have hesitated because you don’t have access to a natural gas line, you may want to consider a propane generator for your Maynard, MA home. Call Basnett Plumbing & Heating today and speak to one of our experts.

Basnett Plumbing & Heating can help you pinpoint which type of generator will work best to meet your needs. If you are ready to install a whole-home generator, call us today.

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How to Ensure Your Whole-House Generator Works Properly

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

One of the best features of owning a whole-house generator is that it only turns on when you really need it to. Whole-house generators don’t waste fuel running throughout the year when you’ll only need to use it a small handful of times. But when the power shuts off in your home, your whole-house generator turns on within seconds.

The fear in all this, however, is in not knowing for certain whether your generator will work. Because generators only switch on when there is no longer an electrical current running through your home, it can be difficult to tell whether it will work when you need it. Although today’s generators are built tough to resist wear and tear, you still want to do everything you can to be certain you’ll be protected in the event of a power outage. Let’s take a look at how you can accomplish this.

3 Ways to Tell If Your System Is In Top Shape

  1. Weekly Self-Tests: You can rest easy: most modern home generators perform weekly self-tests. For about 20 minutes a day, the generator runs a test all on its own to make sure everything is working as needed. And if not, you’ll be alerted to any problems so that you can schedule repairs ASAP.
  2. Visual Inspections: Most experts also recommend you inspect the system yourself from time to time, especially after any major weather events. While you shouldn’t check the electrical wiring on your own, you can look for any signs of physical damage, and call a technician if anything looks unusual.
  3. Schedule Annual Maintenance: Finally, you can schedule annual maintenance with a trained electrician, who will inspect the unit, tighten any electrical connections, and check for any safety or operational issues.

Still unsure about whether you should install a whole-house generator? Here’s a thought: a power outage can cost you hundreds of dollars in food loss, hundreds more paying for hotel rooms, and thousands repairing burst pipes or renovating rooms damaged from flooding due to sump pump failure.

Basnett Plumbing & Heating is the place to call if you want to speak with an expert trained in installing, repairing, and maintaining whole house generators in Stow.

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What Is the Best Fuel Option for a Whole-House Generator?

Monday, July 21st, 2014

With a whole-house generator, you not only have protection for your family in case of a major, extended power loss, you have something even better: peace of mind.

However, when it comes to installing a generator for your home, you can’t simply pick any model and expect that it will do the job. You have some important choices to make so that the generator you end up with can handle the power needs of your home and work efficiently. One of the key choices you will need to make is the generator’s fuel source.

Basnett Plumbing & Heating specializes in fitting homes with propane and natural gas generators in Reading, MA and other parts of the MetroWest Area. We will help answer all your questions regarding whole-house generators to steer you to the model that will keep you certain throughout the year that your home will be ready for any energy emergency.

Let’s look at the two major fuel options for generators to help get you started with choosing one:

Propane generators

If you do not have access to a natural gas line for your home, then a propane generator is an excellent choice. Propane is stored in a tank for the generator to use, and does not require that you connect the generator to any municipal system.

There are two drawbacks to propane generators that make us advise homeowners who do have access to natural gas lines to opt for a gas generator instead. The first is that propane costs more than natural gas, and it is a more volatile fuel when it comes to price fluctuations. The second is that you can run out of propane; if you are caught with a low or empty propane tank during a power outage, you may experience difficulty getting more heating fuel.

Natural gas generators

These are the most reliable model of whole-house generators, and you should make them your top choice if you have a connection to a natural gas line. Natural gas burns cleaner than other fuels, like oil and propane. And it burns efficiently—it’s less expensive than using electricity. You won’t spend much more money to power your generator during an emergency than you would to run the power in your home at regular times. Because natural gas comes from a municipal supply, you won’t have to worry about running out of heating fuel or getting caught with an empty tank.

Aside from selecting the best fuel type for your home’s generator, you must also have the right sized system to match your needs for power during an outage. Even if you feel certain of the fuel type for your future generator, you will still require the generator installation expertise of professionals to see the work through to the end.

Whether it’s installing propane or natural gas generators in Reading, MA, you can trust the job—from start to finish—to Basnett Plumbing & Heating.

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