I just got a couple of bids on a new HVAC system for my 1920's farmhouse. The house has never had central heat/air.
The first contractor (the one I like) bid out a Frigidaire/Nordyne R4GD series package gas unit. The other guy bid both a Trane XB 1300 and a Trane XL 1400. All are gas units, all are 3 ton.
I've heard of Trane, but can't seem to find much on the Nordyne unit. What I have found doesn't indicate that there is much difference between the two. Warranty, SEER numbers, etc all seem to be comparable. The high end Trane has a variable speed fan.
I have no idea which one to pick at this point. There is a $1000 difference between them all (the Trane 1300 is $1000 more than the Nordyne. THe Trane 1400 is $1000 more than the 1300.)
Any thoughts on the matter? The second contractor was nice, it's just that the Nordyne guy did all my AC work at the old house and I trust him to be fair. I just have never heard of the brand he wants to use.