Air Handlers --- Help Please!!!

Thanks to everyone who takes the time to read this and assist me. I am getting ready to completly replace my entire heating and cooling system in my home. I have a bi-level home(so basically it is one level with a finished basement), it is 1500 square feet and all electric. I also should probably mention I have severe allergies so that is playing a large role in my decision.
So, far I have received two quotes. The first was from Carrier. They recommended that I get a 13 SEER Heatpump since myhome is all electric and then get a variable speed air handler. He also recommended that I get a humidifier and just use the same air filter that is currently in my home.
The next offer was from Trane. They receommeded that I get a 13 SEER heatpump and to get Trane CleanEffects (their new air filitration system), a humidifier, and not to get a variable spped air handler. When I asked the Trane dealer why he said that with the size of my home and the money that I would be spending for one he didnt think that I would be able to recoup my costs by getting one.
I have been researching all over the internet and I still feel lost as to if I should get a variable speed air handler or not. I mean I will probably only stay in the home for about 10 year (no more...probably less). But, I want a good system for myself and for future owners.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated as I am very new to all of this.
Thanks, Steph
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Does Trane make a VS air handler? You will get a payback, do the math but get the 10yr warranty, You can also get more comfort with VSDC running on low to remove apx 50% more humidity with minimal cooling. Last I heard the trend for electricity was up, so your payback will be shorter.
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If both systems are 13 SEER, then the statement about recouping cost of variable speed is out of place. IOW, they will use exactly the same amount of electricity over their lifetimes. And 13 SEER is the current minimum efficiency rating. Given the choice between variable speed and fixed speed, the decision boils down to whether you want dehumidification capabilities or not. If the variable speed cost a bit more, then it's up to you to decide whether you want to pay the extra to actually be comfortable. OTOH, a variable speed motor doesn't necessarily mean that you'll have true variable speed capability. Some systems incorporate the variable speed motor only because it is more energy efficient (at constant speed) than the fixed speed motor. In order to decide you'll need to check with the Carrier dealer and ask them whether the system comes with a thermidistat and dehumidification option.
Richard Perry
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sstultz213 wrote:

Depending on how it's setup a variable speed air handler could be helpful for allergies by allowing for continuous air filtration at a lower speed than the normal heat/cool airflow. It's not something that will save money, in fact it would cost more to run and you'd have to replace filters more often, but it could be a significant help for allergies.
During mild weather when there is no call for heating or cooling I find I have to manually turn on the fan in my air handler to get filtration and keep down dust and cat dander (moderate allergy). I'm rather surprised that no thermostat I've seen has a function to insure regular air filtration during times with no heating or cooling demand.
An electrostatic precipitator type air cleaner would also be a very good idea. Note that this is they type that has a metal plate collection grid and a high voltage power supply, not the "electrostatic" air filters that look remarkably like ordinary spun or woven air filters.
Pete C.
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sstultz213 writes:

They are trying to "upsell" you with gimmicks. The HVAC equivalent of pinstriping and undercoating at the new car dealer. (Maybe you bought those?) These guys go to school to learn these tricks.
Keep shopping. You may get lucky and find somebody offering a basic system, which is all you need.
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Does Trane make a VS air handler? You will get a payback, do th mat

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Trane does sell a VS air handler. The sales person told me that i would probably cost about $800 to $1200 more to upgrage to th variable speed air handler with Trane. Also, what to VSDC stand for I mean I know VS is variable speed but I am not sure about the D part.
I appreciate all of you suggestions.
Thanks, Stephani
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Variable Speed Direct Current, and you will save winter and summer, its your Air Handler, not your 13 seer HP.
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FWIW, I have installed one CleanEffects filter so far. From what I have heard, the customers are pleased with it. As for VS, the do draw somewhat less current, but given their cost, the payback time is fairly long. The main advantage IMO is comfort, mainly due to better dehumidification, and low noise levels. RP is correct in that they are now making a DC motor that is similar to a VS, only is not VS. I have installed a couple of Tranes with them. Don't know about Carrier. I really do not understand the rationale behind them--Looks like about 90% of the cost of a true VS with about 10% of the benefit. Personally I would go with a Trane VS, CleanEffects for your allergies, and definitely a 10 yr P&L warranty. Good luck Larry
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I just wanted to thank everyone who has provided feedback thus far. It is very much appreciated as it is really helping me with m decision.
Thanks again, Stephani
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wrote:

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BTW, the subject line shows some ignorance.
If there are 11 million illegal immigrants who have entered over the last 20 or 30 years, that's a lot fewer than the number of LEGAL immigrants which is about a million a year, and has been for the last 100 years, except maybe not during 4 years of wwwii.
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