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.
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!
I agree with udarrell .
BTW, why were you told you need new furnace and A/C & who told you
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.
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.
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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