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Fuel Types for a Whole-House Generator


An occasional power outage that last for a few hours is an inconvenience, and usually you can get by with flashlights and candles until the power is restored. But in cases of extreme weather or major grid failures, the loss of power can stretch on for a day or even longer. This can create incredible hardships, especially during cold weather or when there are people in your home with special needs.

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The best way to protect your family from extended power outages is with the installation of a whole-house generator that uses an outside fuel supply to deliver enough electricity to your home to run the essential appliances. You will need to have professionals size and install the generator, as well as provide its essential annual upkeep. For a generator in Pomona, NY, call Design Air Inc.

Generators can run from a variety of different fuel sources. The best one for your house will depend on a number of factors. Here are the most common fuel types for whole-house generators:

  • Natural gas: This is the most popular option. Natural gas is inexpensive, burns cleanly and efficiently, and won’t run out because of its connection to the municipal supply. The major drawback is that your home must already have access to a natural gas line. Without that, you will have to rely on a stored fuel like the ones below.
  • Propane: This is the most common of the heating oils for generators. Propane generators run quietly and are less expensive than many other models. Among the heating oils, propane has the longest shelf life, so you won’t have to worry about the supply in the generator losing its potency over time.
  • Diesel: Diesel is a more efficient fuel than gasoline, and because they use compression heating rather than spark ignition (as in a gasoline generator) they do not age as quickly from mechanical stress. This is also a safer option than gasoline because it is not combustible; in fact, it’s safer than natural gas.
  • Gasoline: This is often the last choice for a whole-house generator; gasoline are ideal for portable generators designed to only run a few lights or for use while traveling. Their main advantage is that gasoline is easy to procure.

Along with selecting the right energy source for your generator, the installers will determine how much power the unit must supply so that you have sufficient energy for your needs (from running a few lights and the heating system to running the entire house) without overpowering the circuit-breaker panel.

Turn to trusted technicians for installing a generator in Pomona, NY: Design Air Inc. We offer 24-hour emergency service to make sure your generator is ready for anything. Call us today to schedule your next service appointment.