3 Reasons You Should Get a Standby Generator This Winter

Posted on December 12, 2016

3 Reasons You Should Get a Standby Generator This Winter


Picture this. It’s the middle of winter. A huge snowstorm comes off of Lake Huron, and sits on Southeastern Michigan.

If you’re from this part of the country, you’ve experienced one of these storm cycles. It can snow, seemingly nonstop, for days. Pipes freeze. Schools close. Snow plows work overtime. The power goes out.

Without a backup generator, that means your house is going to get cold—really, really cold. You and your children will be wearing hats, coats, and gloves inside until the electrical company completes repairs and maintenance on the grid. However, if you have a residential standby generator, it will kick on as soon as the power goes out. Your home will stay warm, and your family will be comfortable.

Warmth and comfort aren’t the only reason you should have a standby generator at your house. Here are three other important benefits we think you should be aware of.

  1. Standby Generators Are Reliable and Automatic

Standby generators kick on as soon as your power shuts off because their internal monitoring system is connected to your home’s electrical panel. They use diesel fuel, natural gas, or liquid propane to power an internal combustion engine, which, in turn, transfers power to your house’s electrical panel.

This fully automatic, reliable system is arguably the most helpful asset of a standby generator. Portable generators, by contrast, must be turned on manually. You have to place them at least 15 feet from any structure on your property, in part because they use gasoline. You also must set up protection over the portable generator. In the middle of a snowstorm, this setup could be a time-consuming and uncomfortable inconvenience.

Many standby generators also have a self-diagnosing maintenance feature. Depending on the model you purchase and get installed, the generator will run this feature and send you a text, email, or another automated form of communication to notify you that your unit needs to be serviced.

  1. Standby Generators Have a Long Runtime

Due to standby generators’ fuel sources and size, they can power more of your home for a longer period of time. Most of these permanently installed generators provide up to 20,000 watts. That’s enough to keep all of your major and some luxury appliances running for several days during a power outage.

Comparatively, portable generators rely on a finite amount of gasoline, limiting how many items you can power and for how long. You can purchase backup fuel tanks for your portable generator, but storing them on your property does present a risk.

  1. Standby Generators Prevent Damage and Monetary Loss

With their expansive power storage and output, standby generators can prevent major damage to your home. For example, they will keep your central heating system running during a snowstorm-related blackout, which can prevent your pipes from freezing and bursting. A standby generator can also keep your sump pump running, which can prevent basement flooding.

Standby generators also power refrigerators, freezers, and your home office. That means you won’t need to throw out spoiled food after a blackout or miss a day of work. During an extended power outage, this can save you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars.


At Oak Electric Services, we understand that standby generators are a significant investment in your home. But before you make the decision to purchase a new standby generator, review our list of benefits.

We also recommend talking to an experienced, local electrician that specializes in generator sales and installation. Our team is more than happy to provide you with information about our residential generator systems. Call us today at (800)964-7070 to learn more.