Had planned on replacing old a/c unit with a heat pump and having a dual fuel with existing 80%. (about 10 years old)
Was also given a quote for a new 95% two-stage furnace plus a 2 stage A/C unit. Because of rebates and price points this option is only about $1600 more. But this is with an a/c unit and not a heat pump. (he quoted me the heat pump option as well on this but it was quite a bit more.)
Obviously, I want the most bang for my buck. I like the dual fuel option, but do the advantages of a 2 stage blower, higher efficiency, and using outside air for combustion outweigh the benefits of a hybrid system?