As many Americans have shifted to remote or hybrid work situations, homebuilders, electrical contractors and homeowners should be aware of the increased demand for reliable standby power. This shift presents opportunities for new projects for contractors and it provides an effective way to add value to homes that may be listed on the market in the coming years.
Why Should You Consider a Propane Backup Generator?
Safety, security and convenience. A propane generator adds all these benefits, increasing the home’s value and appeal. Generators make a home safer and more comfortable. Standby generators provide a priceless benefit– an extra layer of security to a home. If the power goes out due to freezing rain, winter blizzards, damaging wind or interruptions of the power grid, a dependable propane backup generator will kick on within a matter of seconds. While others scramble, your life goes on as normal. This peace of mind translates to happy buyers and increased home value.
Propane Generators Provide Safe and Dependable Backup Power
More and more homebuilders are using propane in their builds, and many use propane to power their own homes because it’s an ideal fuel for Missouri homes. First, let’s talk about safety. Power outages are an increasing problem. Today, so many of life’s necessities rely on electricity. With a propane generator, your family will not have to worry about power failures because a propane generator will kick on in about ten seconds after an outage.
As inconvenient as power outages can be, only 27% of Americans reported having a source of backup power for their homes. The average home is subject to three to four power outages over a two-year period, and even short interruptions in power can cause damage to electronics and appliances. Longer outages can cause food to spoil and may even require a temporary move to a hotel. A reliable backup generator can save this hassle and headache. That security will set it apart, making it more desirable than less resilient homes.
Why choose propane?
Propane generators are superior to other types of generators because they start every time. Propane is the ideal standby fuel because it does not degrade over time. Propane is also clean-burning, producing significantly fewer greenhouse gas emissions than comparable fuel sources. Additionally, propane will not contaminate soil or water, as it is non-toxic and non-poisonous. Finally, propane generators are quieter than generators powered by other fuel sources like gasoline or diesel.
For a home already using propane, adding a propane generator is a great choice because it can be powered by the same propane tank that’s already supplying the home. Thanks to the efficiency of propane, utilizing several propane appliances will require a smaller generator compared to all-electric homes. However, propane generators are available in many sizes and capacities and can benefit any home and increase its value.
Installing a generator during the building process can save both time and money. In many cases, a generator can also be retrofitted after a home is complete. Anticipate the potential for future generator placement by ensuring that the original plan accommodates the need for the wiring and piping a generator requires. Siting the propane tank and a planned generator pad will save time later. And, obviously, installing a generator during the building of the home prevents lawn and landscaping disturbances and having workers already on-site saves the cost of job deployment.
Resiliency Adds to Your Home’s Value
Installing a propane generator on all new builds will set them apart from others on the market and will make them more desirable to today’s homebuyers. The promise of dependable power is a strong incentive. Propane-powered generators add value to a home and provide peace of mind to the homeowner.
If you are building a new home and want to install a generator, either during construction or at a later time, consult your propane supplier and your electrical contractor to make sure the site is prepared correctly. Making sure the tank, piping, generator pad and transfer switch are properly located upfront will save time and money later on.
To learn more about incorporating propane standby generators into your upcoming builds, visit with your local propane provider.
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