new furnace-variable speed carrier or standard rheem?

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On Sun, 10 Apr 2005 16:08:01 GMT, "WhyKnot"

The system I mentioned in my other post (sans UV and other frills) cost less than $6,000, but remember, it's a high-efficiency 2-stage furnace. Talk to Betlem and Van Hee; they'll give you a system to meet your needs and price constraints.
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Betlem = $7800 plus we're paying cash for this, so financing isn't a worry (I refinanced the house to do this) they wanted to put in a Carrier or a Goodman
(I think one more quote could put me over the edge of sanity.) While I do appreciate you suggesting I try more quotes, I hesitate to call Van Hee at this point. The real problem is, I'm gone from 7:30 am to about 6:30 pm weekdays and it's near impossible to get these guys to come and do estimates any time but weekdays 8-5 and Saturday mornings. I need to decide with who I've gotten, I think. Quotes from 5 different and varied places seems like it should have given me something to work with. With about 100 places locally to choose from, I could keep getting quotes till the cows come home and only confuse me more by the day. I have other work I need done and I have to move on with other quotes, once I see how much money I have left.
But thank you!
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I sent you my address. please let me know (post here) if you didn't receive -thanks

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WhyKnot
I agree with udarrell .
BTW, why were you told you need new furnace and A/C & who told you that?
Someone who is on commission? How old is your old stuff & what brand? Maybe the equipment is not the problem.
Please let us know what you finally decide to do. Good Luck.
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Since heat is a big bill in your area go 94% . A 94.4% is 18% more efficient than 80% and that is considerable. 80% units belong in Florida. VS is nice but not as important as efficiency in heating or Seer in AC. You say you will use AC alot, so forget 10 seer 10 will be outlawed soon anyway and belong in Canada. 12 is ok, better 14 but savings do not increase in a linear fashion as seer increases. Get a chart on Seer comparisons. Trane has one in their literature online or at Home Depot. Forget Goodman, bottom of the barrel, and get a good instaler that does a written load calculation for you. VS is nice but if you can`t afford it so what the main equipment is what is important. Don`t oversize AC or it will not dehumidify. If insulation or new efficient windows are planned within a few years be sure to use the anticipated R value increases, I did not and oversized everything and now I need 2 dehumidifiers in summer as AC is to big. And furnace heats fast and short cycles, Plus smaller is cheaper.
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approx 30 year old furnace, no AC now (which is what we want)
OK, I'm convinced, after hearing all the guys who have given us quotes bad mouth each others' brand names they're selling that I shouldn't worry so much about the Rheem vs. Carrier issue. So now I'm torn between the idea of an 80% variable speed and a plain old 80% or 90% standard furnace, which will save a bundle of money. We have a 40+ yr old house, old ducts to match and additions to the place and this will be the first time we've had AC in here. The standard old furnace seems like it would be just fine, but not sure with AC that is true.
Maybe I'll just move and settle the dilemma

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