Hey all, please excuse my ignorance here, but I'm a bit confused and was hoping for some help before signing the deal for a new heat pump. I'm replacing a 20 year old unit and air handler with either the Trane 14XLi or 16XLi and don't know which is the better choice. The 14XLi is about $1000 cheaper, which is nice, and I've gone 30+ years without any need for the susposed better dual-stage heating system. But I don't know if that money would be worth spending on the 16XLi due to the dual stage compressor and the expectance of energy costs sky rocketing. I've also been told that the 16XLi will keep the house temp mmore consistent and the humidity levels more controlled. I honestly know nothing about this stuff and was really hoping someone with some experience could inform me if it's true and/or worth the money. I live in Eastern PA, in a 20 year old 2600sq foot Colonial house with my wife and 2 boxers. I've had 5 estimates and 4 of them recommend a 3.5 ton unti. 1 says 4 ton, but from the moment I saw him he looked and sounded like a used car salesman so I don't trust a word he says. Not sure if any of that matters, but I was just trying to answer any questions I could think of before they were asked. I've decided on which company I'm going with based on presentation, referrals, BBB reports and friendliness. I just need to decide if I should go single or dual stage.
Any thoughts on this?