if this were you, which system would you go with? if money was a
little tight, but you wanted to be in the house for 5 years or more,
what would you do?
again, in your mind, do you think the better components, higher SEER,
and the air cleaner, is worht the extra $900??
The internal components aren't significantly different between the XR12
and the XL14i condensers, and the variable speed air handlers are going
to be the same.
If money is tight now and you expect to have more money later, then go
with the lower initial cost XR12. If you expect money to continue to be
tight for a long time, then go with the XL14i and take advantage of the
higher SEER over the long run..
Remember that in the end what I think doesn't matter, it is YOUR system.
the guy is one of the few "5 Star rated" authorized Carrier installers
in south florida.....whatever that means.
he seemed pretty profesional, but you never know. I said to replace it
with a similar unit, and he recommended I go up to 12 SEER instead of
10 SEER which is what I have.
also, should I go with the 13 SEER because of them stopping production
of 12SEER as the poster above said? perhaps prices will drop given
that, so I dont know....
If you belive what you read in the various newsgroups, not much.
Here in Florida I'd suggest 13.0 SEER system with a variable speed air
handler. The payback period is too long for anything above this.
PLEASE have your contractor do a "Manual J" or equivalent heat gain
calculation before you specify the size of the system. Most systems are
I should also have said that in my personal experience the Trane XR12
(in R22) paired with Trane's VS air handler makes for a great system.
The Trane spine fin coils are much less prone to corrosion in our salt
air laden atmosphere than are the other manufacturers. Check cabinet
construction, too. I've noticed that many of the new Carrier systems
that are installed here on the west coast are rusting out after only
seven or eight years!
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