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The Case That Can Be Made For Owning Propane Appliances Recent hurricanes, floods, and other weather-related and natural disasters have thrust the importance of emergency preparedness in extreme situations into the spotlight. Events such as Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Hurricane Ike in 2008, and other disasters completely knocked out electrical power in a number of cities. This left thousands of people without electricity for days, weeks and in some cases, even longer. The 2004 hurricanes in Florida alone were responsible for some residents being without electricity for as long as 22 days. Restoring electricity to homes and businesses affected by severe storms, earthquakes, and other natural disasters can take long periods of time - making it difficult to restore power and to safely and properly store food and other items such as medications that must stay cool. Without electricity, conventional refrigerators and freezers can only maintain temperatures low enough to preserve food for a short period of time. This leads to economic concerns and potential health problems that are created by spoilage of food and medications that require refrigeration. Consumers can make sure their supplies of food and water stay cool and safe if they use appliances that are powered by clean burning propane fuel. Today these dependable home appliances have modern designs and construction, and they are just as streamlined in appearance as their electric counterparts. Benefits of Propane Refrigerators and Freezers Refrigerators and freezers that are powered by propane require no electricity to do their jobs. These propane appliances are not affected by electrical power losses, even lengthy ones resulting from a hurricane, earthquake, or other catastrophic event. Having a propane-powered refrigerator or freezer can be a valuable part of your family's own emergency preparations. This will make it possible for you to always have a way to keep your food supplies and medications cold in any type of situation. Not only can you prevent food spoilage, you can also have ice and cold water available. Propane fuel is also a highly portable and versatile product, making it ideal for use in emergency settings. During Hurricane Katrina, which devastated much of the Gulf Coast, propane was plentiful, even when the demand created by vehicles and emergency power generators exhausted the gasoline and diesel supplies. Complicating the situation further, the storm contaminated, or damaged, many of the natural gas lines. For some Gulf Coast homeowners and emergency workers, propane generators and other appliances were the only source of energy for homes, hospitals, relief centers, and other facilities. These appliances were always operational and allowed people to use them to safely store food and supplies. Since the Katrina disaster, propane and propane-powered appliances have become an important part of emergency preparedness planning on many fronts.

Today's Modern Propane Appliances Refrigeration units that are powered by propane sources have been used for years in recreational vehicles, remote cabins, and off-grid locations. These appliances are quiet and dependable, and they need no compressors or other moving parts that wear out and eventually require replacing. The refrigerators have the same interior features that are normally available in regular, electricitypowered units, including removable shelves and door bins, vegetable crispers, and batterypowered interior lights. Basics of Propane Appliances Propane refrigerators use ammonia as the coolant and they only have 5 main, working parts. The generator is the part that produces the ammonia gas for cooling purposes, while the separator is able to pull the ammonia gas from water. The condenser is responsible for cooling the hot ammonia gas and then will condense it to create liquid ammonia. This liquid is then sent through the evaporator unit, which will create the vapors that are used to create cold temperatures inside the refrigeration unit. The other main unit is the part that absorbs the ammonia gas in the water. Cleaning and Care Owners of these propane refrigerators and propane freezers must remember to properly clean and maintain these appliances. If these appliances are used inside a home, they may need to be vented to the outside if adequate ventilation is not present. There is a chance that carbon dioxide can be emitted if the refrigerator burner is blocked or not able to burn all of the fuel. . If an owner uses proper care and maintenance to keep these appliances in approved working order, these emissions will pose no problem. Using a propane refrigeration unit requires that the burners be routinely cleaned and inspected. It is usually sufficient to do this once a year. Today's propane appliances are designed to work efficiently and cleanly, and they create very few problems in homes where they are installed properly and subjected to regular care and maintenance. Final Tips In a disaster or emergency situation, owners of propane appliances also should remember to properly secure their propane tanks to prevent them from being toppled or blown about. Also keep your propane tanks in good condition and check for any leaks or rust.

Ben Campbell - President Ben's Discount Supply Co. Inc.

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