I am in the market for a gasoline Generator (or propane if it is not too much more) I want to hook it up to my house so that when the power goes out this winter (and it will I live in the boon docks) I will have power to run the Furnace part of heat part of my heat pumps, not the out side units emergency heat only. And then I want to turn the heat off for a while and then turn on my hot water heater, Etc.
A few questions I have about getting one are, is a 5500 generator enough power to do what I want, and I want to know if I have to buy a transfer system of if there is another way a electrician can hook it into my house besides buying one of those kits?
This is the specs of the generator I am looking at is it enough to power what i need?
Generac 5500 Watt Generator 1642
Rated Watts Out: 5500
Max Watts Out: 8500
Type of Engine: Briggs & Stratton GenTek
Number of Outlets: 5
Fuel Tank Size: 5 Gallons
Half Load Run Time: 12 Hours
• 10 HP Briggs and Stratton GenTek OHV Engine
• 5,500 Watt Generator
• PowerSurge alternator produces 8,500 surge watts for starting multiple motors
• Large pneumatic wheels
• Long Distance Runner fuel tank provides 12 hours run time from 5 gallon tank of fuel
• Super Silencer muffler
• 2 year warranty