Gas generators are fine, and they do fill a need. The problem is our gas-and-go
mentality. Our society doesn't even check the oil in the car we rely on every
day.Preparedness requires maintenance.As for running the furnace, a
gas generator will need a low THD (most don't) and a transfer switch (you can't
just plug it in to an outlet on the generator panel). Furnaces have
sophisticated electronics that don't work unless the power supply is clean.
Natural gas is a reliable source of fuel...except in earthquakes.
@Robert..Tell me more about natural gas-powered generators. Are they
connected to your home's natural gas line? Or is there a natural gas tank you
can buy and fill up at a natural gas filling station? Thanks for sharing!
Natural gas-powered generators are also available, and don't have the
maintenance / disuse issues of gasoline.
@Third try screen nameGreat points. Generators aren't perfect.
That's why I suggested people COULD consider them as an option. After the 1994
Northridge earthquake, my family purchased a gasoline-powered generator. We were
able to run our refrigerator during annual summertime power outages just fine
after that. Yes, they do require maintenance. But so do emergency plans, 72-hour
kits and just about everything in our lives. Preparedness needs to become
something that is part of our regular habits. That includes all of the proper
maintenance we need to do. If you have an alternative to generators,
this would be a great place to suggest it. Thanks for your comments! It's
important that people have realistic expectations. Good luck!
About gas generators:1) They require maintenance. Once you put gas in
them you cannot simply leave the gas in them for months at a time and expect
them to work. Start them every month and drain the tank and the carb every
three months. Are you willing to do that?2) As an alternative you can
leave it dry and add the gas only when you need it. You would never know if it
was defective, but at least it wouldn't be gummed up with stale fuel.3)
These small units won't run your house and you can't even run your furnace
motor. You need a transfer switch for that.4) If the natural gas supply
is hit, your furnace won't run either. Then again, those big whole-house
stand-by generators are dead in the water, too. They run on natural gas.Like the kerosene heater craze 20 years ago, the small generator is a gadget
destined to fail unless you maintain it, something most of us are unwilling to