I'm replacing my Gas Furnace and Central Air Conditioner. Which brand?
I have a 1400 sq ft split entry house with a system that is roughly 35 years old. I recently had Sears come out and price a few systems out for me. They priced Carrier and Kenmore (made by Carrier). The cost of the systems ranged from 00-11000. The Carrier was only a few hundred more than the Kenmore.
The furnace was variable speed, and the condenser was a two-speed. The range of SEER and efficiency ratings were from 14-15 SEER, and 91-95 efficiency. Some of the models included sound dampening and more of a heavy-duty housing. Also, there was a humidifier and electronic air cleaner, and 7 day programmable thermostat with humidity control.
Warranty was 10 years parts/1 year labor. Additonal 5 year labor, including 5 annual tune-ups was another 00 (not included in the price).
I feel that this is a lot of money for this equipment? Am I wrong? Also, is Carrier/Kenmore a respected brand? My old house had Rheem and I was pleased. The Sears Salesman said Rheem was a cheap contractor grade unit….Please advise!
The furnace was 2.5 ton, forgot to mention that, and it included all installation, including new rubber pad, and electrical hookup for the a/c unit.
Also, I’m in Pittsburgh, PA, so our cooling season is only 3-4 months, and heating can be as short as 6.
Regarding the Electronic Air Cleaner, I do have allergies and Asthma, so I assume this helps out.
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