Why to Install a Generator this Winter


Having a standby generator installed in your home is a great way to ensure that your home is prepared in the eventuality that a major storm rolls through and takes your power with it this winter. Living here in Minnesota, we are used to our share of winter storms, and many of us are familiar with how miserable it can be to have to go without power in the aftermath of a severe winter storm. Whatever the case may be, having a standby generator installed for your home is a great way to make sure that you have the power to run your essential equipment while others might be stuck in the cold. Let Midwest Electric & Generator, Inc. help. If you’ve ever wondered if now might be a good time to consider investing in a standby generator for your home, here is a short list of 4 reasons why a standby generator can be a significant benefit to your home this winter.

It Turns On Automatically

The last thing you want to do when you power goes out in the middle of a winter storm is have to go outside in the cold and struggle to get your generator going. This is one of the critical differences between having a portable generator for emergency use and having a professionally installed residential standby generator. Whole home generators are wired directly into your home’s electrical panel, so they will automatically switch on as soon as the power goes out. As long as you keep your generator maintained and ensure that it has fuel, you will have a brief, couple second delay and then your power will be back up and functioning.

Powers Your Refrigerator, Heating, & Cooling Systems

While some may consider a whole home standby generator to be a luxury, that notion fails to take into account a couple of key things. If your power is out for an extended period of time, everything in your refrigerator is going to have to be thrown out. In some homes, that might not be a lot, but in some homes, that could mean throwing out an entire family freezer stocked with meats and other items that would be extremely costly to replace. Also, during any winter storm, it is highly likely that you are going to be dealing with temperatures that can actually be hazardous to younger children and to anyone who is in poor health or suffering from medical issues. A standby generator will help ensure that your home is always able to remain warm for these at-risk individuals.

Maintain Security & Lighting

For a thief, there is normally no better target than a home that is out of power. With the lights out, that means the occupants and any neighbors aren’t likely to see someone trying to force their way inside, and no power is going to mean no security systems. This can be a serious risk in the event that your power is out for several days or you have decided to evacuate and wait the storm out someplace else. Having a backup generator to ensure your home has a constant supply of power will help thieves pause, and convince them that they should probably take their chances with an easier target.

Keep Up Communications

All home phones, cell phones, computers, and tablets all require power to function. Even item with rechargeable batteries aren’t going to last indefinitely if the power doesn’t come back on quickly. Ensuring that you have a way to keep your communication devices operating during a storm will help you keep in touch with other loved ones who might be in need of their own help and help you stay in touch with what is going on in the aftermath of the storm. If you need an Electrician in Minnesota to install a whole home Standby generator give us a call today a 612-284-1550.