The weather has been in the news a lot lately, with blizzards, hurricanes, and severe thunderstorms wreaking havoc across the U.S. Many of these storms have resulted in power outages that have lasted anywhere from a few hours to a few weeks, and homeowners in affected areas have grown weary of being without power.
As a result, HVAC contractors are experiencing an increased interest in standby generators that operate on propane or natural gas. These are not the portable generators that are available for a few thousand dollars at the local big-box store; these are permanently installed units that start automatically within seconds of a power outage and can provide electricity for just about any size home. With installed costs starting at around $7,000, these are luxury items that not every homeowner can afford; however, contractors are reporting a surge in sales that they expect to continue for the foreseeable future.