The U.S. has experienced tumultuous weather the past few months. The interest in securing back up power has increased dramatically. The news reports of tornadoes, hurricanes, and snow and ice storms that knocked power out for thousands of homes, inspire people to look for ways to avoid the inconveniences, and potential danger of not having power.
Puerto Rico: No power for weeks and months
Puerto Rico has been without power since September 20. The most recent estimation from the governor is that he hopes to have 95% of the power back online by December. Nearly 85% of the 3 million people that live in Puerto Rico are without electricity. They are without cell services and lifesaving equipment like ventilators and dialysis machines. They cant use credit or debit cards. Lines at the gas stations were hours long. The Army Corp of Engineers has been tasked by FEMA to install generators. Some restaurants and stores are open because they are being powered by generators.
Back up power will make a difference if damaging weather knocks electricity out for a community or an island. But for how long?
How long will a generator run continuously?
A natural gas generator will run as long as it is required to run. A natural gas line will always have the pressure it needs to operate. During a power outage the line will continue to have pressure. A generator powered by natural gas will automatically turn itself on and run until the main power source is restored.
A generator powered by propane will run until the propane supply is exhausted. Most propane tanks, either above or below ground, are 500 to 1,000 gallons. Expect a propane powered generator to burn 2-3 gallons an hour. A 500-gallon tank will power your home continuously for a week. A 1,000-gallon tank will last for 2 weeks.
What size generator to buy?
A 22 kw generator will power a 3-4,000 square foot house. It will run the HVAC equipment and the washer or oven at the same time. Ensure the propane lasts longer and more effectively by selectively choosing the use of appliances while the generator is in operation.
Is a generator affected by weather conditions?
Generators should be elevated if placed in known flood areas. Rain and even torrential rain will not affect its operation. If the equipment is submerged it may damage the air-cooled engine when water is sucked into the block. Moisture of any kind can damage a generator.
Is a generator covered by homeowners insurance?
Check with your insurance company to confirm your generator is covered under a homeowners policy in the event of a flood or weather damage to your generator.
How long will it last?
A generator that is regularly maintained will last 3-40 years. Maintenance is generally required for any equipment that utilizes an engine for power. CM Mose & Son offers a comprehensive maintenance program for customers purchasing a Generac Generator.
When is the best time to buy?
The best time to get a generator is before you need one. C.M. Mose & Son ships Generac Generators all over the U.S. Call for a quote. Due to the recent local demand, it is best to get an appointment for a quote as soon as possible.
Weather that knocks out power can hit anytime. The inconvenience and potential dangers are real when electricity is unavailable. The boy scouts had it right with the motto “Be prepared.” Be prepared with a Generac Generator from C.M. Mose & Son, Kansas Citys’ reputable and reliable source for generators, electrical service and heating and cooling service, repair, and installation.