I'm looking to replace my heating and air units and I'm looking for
I live in metro Atlanta and have a 2-story home on a slab, approx. 2400
I have 2-zone heating and air, with the 2 furnaces in the attic. The
house and units (Trane) are over 21 years old, and although they still
works, I think it's time to upgrade to new efficient units.
I've been happy with the Trane units, so I'm leaning that way, but I'm
willing to take other suggestions.
But my first question is how much should I anticipate having to pay for
2 heating and 2 cooling units to be installed? I'd like to get general
range of what it would cost before I start getting estimates. I'm
looking for bottom-line for 2-zone
Second, any recomendations on the SEER rating that I should get for
metro Atlanta (East Cobb county)? I'd like to go with the highest
Third, should I opt for any of those "air-cleaning" add-ons, or are
they not effective?
Finally, any recommendations on a local HVAC contractor?
Thanks in advance!
Trane's good, but so are other brands. Look for the installer, not the
How much is a car? How fast do you want it to go? Do you want it low slung
and sporty or large and imposing? These are questions similar to what your
HVAC pro will ask. (What heating efficiency do you want? What cooling
13 SEER is the minimum manufacturered now. You can get 16 SEER for a good
price and go as high as 21 SEER. The higher efficiency will cost more
money, but it will also save you money on your utility bills. IMO, the
prices start getting crazy above 16 SEER.
Do you have allergies? Does anyone in your house? I install media air
cleaners on everything now and offer UV lights. Your mileage may vary.
For what it's worth, I'm listed on both...
Mark, it would be wise to get better informed before you take the big step!
I would have a manual J Heat-Gain Heat-Loss done, and a thorough check
of the entire duct system and airflow.
Atlanta Georgia summer design conditions, 92-design dry bulb, 74-design
I would not limit myself to one Brand Name, I would shop around some and
see how they compare, including their warranties.
Even if they charge a small fee, find out if at least one contractor
will check the ductwork and airflow prior to bidding the job.
If they don't get the airflow right along with everything else the new
system won't get its rated BTUH or the SEER Rating
The higher the SEER the more perfect everything has to be to achieve it,
and it may not be achievable!
Find out what the average annual hours of cooling are in the Atlanta area.
Do everything you can to reduce the Heat-Gain, Heat-Loss before doing
the manual J!
If you become knowledgeable enough you will save considerable money on
the equipment purchase, installation, and operating costs!
If it is a quality installation in every aspect it should operate
relatively trouble free with minimal downtime and repairs.
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I recently bought two complete Trane furnace / AC / heat pump systems from
R.S. Andrews. It took numerous phone calls and 7 service call to get
everything right. I had to teach one of the techs how to solder copper
pipe. One of the gas lines they installed violated code.
I'm just saying...
Not that I think the Better Business Bureau means anything but you
should take or should have taken a look at their track record on
there. I know what it says but, read between the lines.
First off, they are a member of the BBB. This means they pay the BBB
which almost gaurantees you as a company a satisfactory rating with
They have a satisfactory rating but also have had a lot of
compliaints. You also have to factor in the amount of business they do
compared to the amount of compaints.
BUT, take a look at the outcomes. The BBB says the company made a good
faith effort to resolve the problem but the consumer failed to
respond. Basically this means the consumer was NOT happy but had no
other recourse with the BBB so they chose to just ignore them.
RS Andrews also has used several company names (one being Kansas City
Power and Light), and many phone numbers.
Sometimes, the biggest is not always the best. Why people pick a
company that large to do their small hometown residence is beyone me.
On Wed, 19 Apr 2006 08:44:46 -0400, "Craven Morehead"
I've used Peachtree Service Experts for many years in my homes in
DeKalb, Gwinnett, and now Fulton counties. Their prices are not the
lowest, but they stand by their work. I had a system they installed a
few years ago that wasn't sized correctly. They came back and made it
right without charging a penny more.
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