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.
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.