Had a major electrical re-do of my house, and had the electrician install a generator connection. I believe they are called "generator interlock" systems. It is a standard setup, I can throw a switch in the basement, then plug a generator in outside the house to power the house in event of a power failure.
(save safety warnings.. I know to put generator outside not near door or window, and I can't hook Gen up while still connected to municipal power supply due to lockout system on inside panel, and I know enough to not overload gen)
What should I look for in considering a generator. I am pretty much settled on Honda, as in my experience they are just head an shoulders above all others in reliability and noise. I am prepared to entertain opposing points of view, but I am willing to pay a little more for a good unit.
I don't need super-megawatts.. I will be happy to see that my home has heater, hot water heater (powered venilation unit) and a few lights and maybe a TV. I don't need to run the AC or electric stove.
Could I get away with one of those tiny suitcase type units.. my concern is that they seem to only have standard AC plugs on them, not that special generator circular locking plug that goes into the outside outlet.
Personal experiences or tips? Good online sources for info?