3 Reasons Why You Should Buy a Standby Generator

Standby generators are increasingly common in Twin Cities homes, but they’re also expensive.

A whole-home standby generator runs anywhere from $2,000 to $15,000+, depending on how much wattage it produces. The higher the wattage, the higher the price tag.

So, is it worth the huge investment?

Here are 3 reasons why you should consider buying a standby generator:

  1. You live in an area with severe weather
  2. You need to support medical equipment
  3. Your work requires you to stay connected at all times

Let’s go into more detail about each of these reasons, and what other options are available to you.

Reason #1: You live in an area with severe weather

If the power often goes out where you live because of bad weather, you may consider a standby generator.

Here in Minneapolis-St. Paul, we occasionally have some serious weather—like blizzards, floods, tornadoes and derechos—that cause power outages. A standby generator provides power through fuel lines, which keep essential appliances like your home’s heating/cooling system and refrigerators running even in the most severe weather.

Buying a standby generator is a lot like buying insurance; You hope to not have to use it very much, but it gives you great peace of mind knowing you and your family will be protected during an emergency.

Reason #2: You need to support medical equipment

If you have loved ones who require powered medical equipment, you’ll want to consider a standby generator.

Some power outages can last for days. If it would be difficult to travel to a hotel or hospital where you live, a standby generator is a reliable solution to keep family members who depend on medical equipment safe.

Another benefit of a standby generator is that it doesn’t need any activation during a power outage. It has an electronic switch that automatically turns the system on, keeping appliances running smoothly. So if you’re out of town, and you have a family member at home who uses medical equipment, you don’t have to worry about them getting power during an outage.

Reason #3: Your work requires you to stay connected at all times

Do you work from home? Or does your job require you to be connected at all times?

If so, any time without power harms your business and productivity. With a standby generator, you can work through a power outage and still keep in contact with customers.

Different backup generator options

If that price tag of $2,000–$15,000+ is looking a little steep to power your whole house, here are 2 other options to consider:

  • Point-of-use generator: These smaller systems can power specific appliances in your home, like a kitchen or HVAC system. This saves money compared to a whole-home standby generator. You can use this online calculator to get an estimate of what kind of wattage you’d need to power the appliances you want.
  • Portable generators: You usually store these in a shed or garage and bring them out when there’s an emergency. The hassle with portable generators is that you have to manually connect them if there’s a power outage—they won’t automatically turn on like a standby generator.

Consult a professional

Electrical work is complex and very dangerous. So before you decide on a home generator, contact a certified electrician for advice.

The electrician you choose should be…

  • Licensed and certified for your chosen brand of equipment
  • Familiar with local codes and permits that determine how close the generator can sit to the house, the size of the fuel storage tank and sound ordinances
  • Insured, in case there’s an accident on the job

Want an honest expert’s opinion?

Contact On Time Service Pros for advice on all your home generator and electrical needs. One of our certified electricians will visit your home to give a personalized and accurate project estimate.

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