Stay Cool This Summer: Why You Need the Right Home Backup Generator

Imagine this: It’s a scorching summer afternoon, and suddenly, the power goes out. The hum of your air conditioner fades, ceiling fans grind to a halt, and your house begins to heat up quickly. What if you had a solution that instantly restored power and kept your home comfortable? That’s where the right home backup generator comes in – a vital asset for any homeowner looking to maintain comfort and safety during a blackout. Count on the safety of EarlyBird Electric’s certified electricians for installation.

Why Homeowners Need a Home Backup Generator

Summer in Minnesota means high temperatures and increased demand on the power grid, often leading to outages. Without electricity, your air conditioning stops, food in your refrigerator can spoil, and your daily routine is disrupted. A home backup generator ensures that your home remains a sanctuary, providing uninterrupted power when needed most.

Assessing Your Home’s Power Needs

To choose the right generator, start by assessing your power requirements. Identify essential appliances you can’t live without during a blackout. EarlyBird Electric has the experience to help you determine your power needs. These typically include:

  • Air Conditioners
  • Refrigerators and Freezers
  • Lights
  • Medical Equipment

Calculate the total wattage required to run these appliances to determine your necessary generator capacity. This ensures you have enough power to keep your home operational without overloading the generator.

Standby Generators vs. Portable Generators

You have two main options when selecting a home backup generator: standby and portable generators. Each has distinct advantages and considerations.

Standby Generators

  • Permanently Installed: These are fixed units connected directly to your home’s electrical system.
  • Automatic Operation: They kick in automatically when the power goes out, providing seamless power restoration.
  • Fuel Source: Typically powered by natural gas or propane, ensuring a continuous fuel supply.
  • Capacity: Can power the entire home, including high-demand appliances like HVAC systems.

Portable Generators

  • Flexibility: These mobile units can be positioned where needed around your property.
  • Manual Operation: Manual start-up and connection to appliances are required.
  • Fuel Type: Usually run on gasoline or diesel, necessitating regular refueling.
  • Cost: Generally, more affordable upfront compared to standby generators.

Critical Factors in Choosing the Right Generator

Selecting the right generator involves considering several critical factors:

  • Fuel Type: Decide whether you prefer a generator that runs on natural gas, propane, gasoline, or diesel.
  • Power Output: Ensure the generator can handle the wattage of your essential appliances.
  • Noise Level: Some generators are quieter than others, an essential consideration for neighborhood compliance and comfort.
  • Maintenance Needs: Regular maintenance is necessary to keep the generator in good working order. Choose a generator with manageable maintenance requirements.

Look for reputable brands that offer comprehensive warranties and strong local support to ensure long-term reliability and service.

Installation and Maintenance: Ensuring Reliability

Proper installation and maintenance are crucial for the effective operation of your generator. EarlyBird doesn’t just stop at providing excellent repair services. We provide a foundation of dependability, efficiency, and performance you can rely on. Our unwavering confidence in our products and services is reflected in our 100% service guarantee and a range of warranties for the products we install. 

Here’s what you need to do:

  • Professional Installation: Always hire a certified professional to install your generator to ensure it meets local codes and safety standards.
  • Regular Maintenance: Routine checks, including oil and filter changes, will keep your generator in peak condition. Regular servicing helps prevent unexpected breakdowns and extends the life of your investment.


Don’t let a summer power outage catch you off guard. A home backup generator can be your lifeline, keeping your home cool and your appliances running smoothly. Understanding your power needs and choosing the right generator can ensure continuous comfort and peace of mind during any blackout.

Our experts are here to help you select, install, and maintain the perfect generator for your home. Contact us today at 612-421-1300 or schedule a consultation. Trust EarlyBird Electric – the Legendary Twin Cities Service For All Your Electrical Needs!