Choosing a Gas Generator

If you’re in need of a reliable source of power during times of power outage, a gas generator can be the answer. They can provide the power your lab or facility needs to operate smoothly and safely.

Unlike liquid fuel powered generators, they don’t need to be constantly checked for fuel level and topped up when it runs out. This makes them a more convenient choice.

1. Easier to Install

When choosing a generator, it is important to consider the type of fuel that will power it. Some of the most common options include natural gas, propane, and diesel.

The gas you use for your generator can make a big difference in the overall quality of the installation process. For example, a propane generator requires the installation of a fuel tank to store it.

A natural gas generator does not require this as fuel is delivered through pipelines. However, natural disasters can cause disruptions in supply and access to fuel.

If you are planning on using a natural gas generator, a licensed plumber can make the connection to your home’s underground plumbing system. They will also make sure the piping is sized properly and complies with local fire codes.

2. Less Expensive

Natural gas generators are less expensive than diesel- and gasoline-powered alternatives. In addition to being more affordable, they are also cleaner-burning and require fewer emissions when they’re used for non-emergency purposes.

They’re also easier to get permits for than other types of generators. Since they don’t emit as much carbon dioxide and aren’t quite as flammable, they’re easier to get approved by environmental protection authorities.

They also don’t cost as much to maintain, unlike their counterparts. Regardless of which type you choose, you’ll have to pay for fuel, change the oil and filters, repair coolant leaks, check battery and exerciser circuits, and more.

3. Less Carbon Footprint

When it comes to fuel sources, natural gas generators have a lower carbon footprint than diesel generators. They emit considerably less nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide, and carbon dioxide when used to power backup systems.

This is because natural gas consists of methane and other hydrocarbons that were formed by the decomposition of animal and plant remains deep below the earth’s surface over millions of years. This makes it one of the cleanest fossil fuels available and emits considerably less pollution than other fuels.

Another reason why natural gas generators have a lower carbon impact is because they can be set up to use wellhead gas that would normally be flared and wasted. This is an unwanted byproduct of oil and gas drilling.

This can be achieved through upgrades in infrastructure, such as installing high-efficiency generators, or through fuel switching, where a less carbon intensive fuel is used instead of diesel. By doing so, electricity generation can be significantly lower in carbon intensity and reduce a facility’s overall greenhouse gas emissions (GHGE).

4. Storm Proof

When you need to keep power running during a storm, it’s important to be prepared. Having a gas generator on hand is one way to ensure that you’ll be powered up quickly and easily.

In addition to that, many of these devices are designed to be storm proof as well. Using them can make a big difference during a natural disaster, especially for families who live in a region prone to storms.

A few things to keep in mind when it comes to preparing your generator for a storm are ensuring that you have enough gas on hand, making sure you’re ready to start the engine and adding fuel stabilizer to help prevent old gas from gumming up the carburetor. Having all of these things on hand is vital to keeping your generator running and helping you get through the storm safely and efficiently.