Buy a generator before a winter storm hits. (Photo: Getty Images / Vitaliy Halenov)

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With winter storms on the horizon, a generator can be a great investment for homeowners. In order to prepare for the impending winter months, now is a great time to purchase one—especially this year, given shipping delays to the coronavirus pandemic. We’ve seen generator shortages earlier this year before Hurricane Laura and Hurricane Delta hit the United States. If you’re worried about losing power during any future storms, a generator is certainly worth its price, as not having electricity when it’s cold outside is particularly painful.

The most common home generators are the standby and portable varieties, and each comes with its own pros and cons. While standby generators may be more expensive and will require onsite