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Different Fuel Options for a Generator in Norwalk, CT

Monday, July 21st, 2014 by Kurt St. John


A generator is a “real-life insurance policy” to protect your family in case of an extended power loss in your home. A professionally installed generator can handle all the vital power needs during the period of the outage. And if you have an automatic standby generator connected to your home, you won’t even need to walk outside to turn it on: it will activate automatically when the power fails.

One of the most important decisions you will have to make when arranging for a generator is the type of fuel it will use. You have a variety options, all with different advantages and disadvantages. Give PowerHouse Home Services a call and speak to our generator experts, and they will help you sift through the choices so you will end up with the ideal generator in Norwalk to help your family through a long power outage.

Here Are the Major Fuel Options for Generators

  • Natural gas: A natural gas generator hooks up to the municipal gas supply line. The main advantage of these generators is that you will always have a ready supply of fuel that won’t run out. Natural gas is also less expensive than most of the other heating fuels and works efficiently, reducing the costs to run the generator. However, you cannot have one installed if you lack access to a local gas line.
  • Propane: If you don’t have access to a natural gas line, you will need a generator that uses stored heating oil. Propane has the advantage of a long shelf-life among the different heating oils. If you don’t use your generator often (and we hope you don’t have to), the propane will last a long time. Propane generators work quietly, and many of the models are inexpensive to purchase.
  • Diesel: Compared to gasoline, diesel is a more efficient fuel. Diesel generators operate on creating heat through compression rather than through spark ignition, and that means they do not wear down as fast or need maintenance as often. Diesel is also safer than gasoline—and even natural gas—because it is not explosive.
  • Gasoline: The main advantage of gasoline for heating fuel is that it is a very common fuel and easy access. However, gasoline is better suited for portable generators rather than whole-house generators. If you plan to use a gas generator to run more than a few lights and appliances in your home, you can benefit from a professional connecting the generator directly into the house’s electrical system.

With all these choices, it is best that you have professional installers assisting you from the beginning. PowerHouse Home Services installs all of the above generators, and we can determine which one will do the job you need from a generator in Norwalk, CT. We will also make sure you have the right sized generator to supply you with the necessary power level for your home.