Man there is so much information to learn about Furnaces and Air Conditioners. With that said, I am a 22 year Army Aviation Soldier who has mainly lived on post and didn't need to worry about A/C units or furnaces.
Recently we bought a 2200sqft, 2 story with an unfinished basement (additional 800sqft), in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The house is 6 years old and has a central heat system and no A/C.
Rheem Corsaire Series Model 90RJ06EES01, 60,000btu, 92.5 AFUE High efficiency natural gas heater.
Before summer hits we would like to have an air conditioner installed. We had a contractor that specializes in Lennox and quoted us $$$$ for Lennox XC16 two stage. He didn't say much on how this would match with our Rheem but said he could do the install. The price seems alittle pricey but I would like to get more information from you all.
1. Can we get any brand outside air conditioner to install as a split system?
2. If we buy for instance the Lennox XC16 will we achieve a seer rating or 17.2 with our split system?
3. What should I be asking the contractors?
So glad I found this site. Thank you all for your input and I look forward to future correspondence with you professionals.