• Tips to Minimize Pollution Caused by Gaseous Generators

    by Curtis Leddy | September 30, 2022 | Gaseous Generators Gaseous Generator

    Gaseous generators are commonly used to provide backup power during an outage, but they can also cause pollution if not used properly. By following a few simple tips, you can minimize the amount of pollution caused by your gaseous generator to keep you and your family, friends, or customers safe from the toxic fumes.

    First, let's talk about backup generators. These are devices used in an internal combustion engine to generate electricity. Gas-powered backup generators are typically used in homes and businesses to provide backup power in the event of a power outage.

    These generators can run on either natural gas or propane, and they typically have a fuel tank that allows them to run for several hours before needing to be refilled. Generators come in a variety of sizes, and they can be used to power everything from a few lights to an entire home or office. When choosing a generator, it's important to consider the size of the unit, the type of fuel it uses, and the wattage that it can handle, and also make sure you know how to properly install it and keep the gas fumes from infiltrating into your home or business.

    Gaseous Generators Need Special Ventilation

    When a gas generator is running on gasoline, it emits fumes that contain carbon monoxide, hydrocarbons, and nitrogen oxides. This gas is colorless and odorless, so you can't see or smell it. However, it's very poisonous and can quickly build up to dangerous levels in an enclosed space. That's why it's important to never use a generator indoors or in any enclosed area, such as a garage.

    When used outdoors, generators should be placed well away from windows, doors, and vents to prevent fumes from entering the home. Additionally, it's important to have a battery-powered carbon monoxide detector in your home if you own a generator. This will alert you to the presence of fumes so you can get to fresh air immediately.

    If you do have to operate it indoors, make sure to open all the windows and doors to provide adequate ventilation. Also, keep the generator as far away from the house or building as possible.

    What types of gases are used in a gaseous generator?

    Gasoline is the most common fuel used in backup generators, but you have other choices, including propane, diesel and natural gas. Each has benefits and drawbacks, including cost, availability and generator compatibility. Here's a look at each type of fuel:

    • Gasoline is the least expensive option and readily available at most gas stations. However, it's also the least efficient fuel, and it can degrade quickly if stored for too long.
    • Propane is more efficient than gasoline, and it doesn't degrade as quickly. However, it can be more expensive, and you'll need to have a propane tank on hand to store it.
    • Diesel is the most efficient fuel, but it can also be the most expensive. And like propane, you'll need to have a storage tank for it.
    • Natural gas is usually the cheapest fuel option, but it may not be available in all areas. If you have a natural gas line running to your home or business, though, a generator that uses natural gas can be a good option.

    Proper Installation is Important

    Many homeowners choose to install gas-powered backup generators to provide an additional source of power in the event of a power outage. While generator installation may seem like a daunting task, it is actually fairly simple if you follow some basic steps.

    First, you will need to select a generator that is properly sized for your home and your needs. Next, you will need to install the generator in a well-ventilated area, as generator exhaust can contain harmful fumes. Finally, you will need to connect the generator to your home's electrical system in order to ensure that it kicks on automatically in the event of a power outage.

    By taking these precautions, you can help to ensure that your family stays safe from the harmful effects of generator fumes. Leddy Power system is here to help you choose the right generator for your needs. We are also here to answer all your questions about generators. Call us today for more information!