Over time, permanent standby generators have improved. Their kilowatts have gone up while their prices have gone down and that has made them more attractive to homeowners.
In Minnesota, power outages occur because of summer and winter storms. These outages can last for long periods of time, depending on the severity of the storm.
Because of the fact these outages can last for quite some time and homeowners have realized they don’t have to stay in the dark, generator demand has grown.
Take the elderly population, for instance. Temperature control becomes more important because extreme hot and extreme cold temperatures can take their toll. In fact, when a power outage occurs during a heat wave, the elderly tend to be the first to suffer. The same occurs in the winter when the temperatures can become very cold.
The elderly population and those with medical conditions may also have equipment that needs to be powered daily. If the power goes out, their health is at risk. A permanent standby generator can provide that power so that the individual remains safe in their home.
Then there are those that simply want to be more comfortable and be able to do such things as preserve the food in their refrigerators during prolonged outages or simply continue everyday activities regardless of the outage.
When considering such things as not having to repeatedly invest in candles and lantern oil that could pose a fire risk, as well as not having to replace groceries every time there is an outage, there is a return on investment in the long-term when purchasing a generator. This is another reason why homeowners are seeing the value. Anything that makes life more comfortable is worth the investment to many.