4 Facts About Generators

Protect your home with a propane whole-house backup generator from Taylor!

generators maryland While the Atlantic hurricane season hasn’t hit Southern Maryland hard yet, there’s still time. Then throw in the forecast for a colder and snowier winter than normal, and you can see that power outages may be in your future.

You can ride out those outages in safety and comfort with a propane whole-house generator from Taylor! We offer expert generator installation as well as propane tank installation and reliable propane delivery. We also provide generator maintenance and repair services.

1. How do propane whole-house backup generators work?

If you lose power in your home, your propane whole-house generator waits for about 10 seconds to see if it’s just a blip. If there’s still no power, the generator automatically kicks on and you have power in your home.

When electrical service is restored, your generator automatically shuts off.
This is much safer than a portable generator, where you have to go outside in dark, wet, and potentially dangerous conditions to turn it on or off.

2. What can a propane whole-house backup generator power?

Whatever you need! The propane appliance experts at Taylor will go over your needs with you and discuss a wide range of issues such as the size of your home and your priorities for what you need to have power. We’ll make sure that your generator can meet those needs.

A propane whole-house generator can do much more than keep the lights on! Your HVAC system will run, so your home will be comfortable. The security system will have power to keep your home safe. It also keeps the food in your refrigerator and freezer safely cold. You’ll be able to cook and enjoy that food instead of throwing it, along with the money you spent on it, in the trash. Electronics and their chargers will have power so you can work remotely, watch TV, game, and more. Essential medical equipment such as CPAPs and electric wheelchairs will be able to run.

3. How long can a generator run?

It all depends on how much propane you have. Most generator propane tanks are 500 to 1,000 gallons. On average, propane whole-house backup generators use between two and three gallons an hour. With that figure, a 500-gallon tank will power your home 24/7 for a week, and a 1,000-gallon tank will provide continuous power for two weeks. You can stretch that by being judicious with your electricity usage during power outages.

4. Will propane still be good if it’s been in the tank for a while?

This is one thing that gives propane whole-house backup generators an edge over diesel-powered generators. Diesel degrades over time. In fact, it can start to go bad in as little as six months. Propane, on the other hand, does not degrade so it will be able to power your generator whenever you need it!

Taylor is here to help you get through power outages with a propane whole-house backup generator. Contact us today to get started on adding one to your Southern Maryland home!