Long time listener, first time caller.
We are in the process of building a new 3402 square foot home in Edwardsville, IL (A suburb of St. Louis, MO). We're the owners and general contractors. The trusses just went up earlier this week.
Here's the plan we're building:
(plus a walkout basement)
After reading the recommendations on the forum for the past month, we are leaning towards a Carrier Infinity system.
We like the advanced humidistat controls, zoning capability and internet connectivity. So far none of the subs I've met with have been able to talk about the Infinity system; oddly they all want to sell me "Comfortmaker" gear. I've not seen a lot of talk about "Comfortmaker" so I don't know if it's a local brand or what.
As a lay-person reading about the "Manual J" and other "Manual" computations, does this apply to new construction? Again, all of the subs so far have just eyeballed the square footage.
We are also a little concerned because at least one of the installers recommended a flex-pipe ductwork system, and if I understand it that's not a good idea?
Since we are also partially finishing the basement, we will need a crafty sheet metal artist to keep the ducts in the ceiling as much as possible.
Is there anyone on the board that can work with us, or does anyone have any recommendations for a "Wall of Pride" - level installer? We are willing to spend what it takes to get a good system and a great install at a fair price.
Thanks for your help!
PS: I did not see anything in the rules against soliciting for an installer, but if I've offended anyone I apologize.