I'm looking to add a heat pump to the house (1973) and rid myself of the ridiculous price of heating oil. I current have a Thermo Pride 10 seer 4 ton AC unit and oil furnace in the basement. Don't get me wrong I love my oil heat, but I also love my $$$ I've been reading on this site for days. I'm know very little about this stuff and the visitors here appear to know quite a bit.
I've had a couple companies out here, and found out how expensive this will be. We plan to be here for a while.
Company A gave 2 units that are a wash as far as price..
1) Lennox XP13-048-230 4ton 14seer R410A w/CBX32MV-048-230 air handler, ECB29-15CB 15kW aux.
2) Trane 4TWX4048B1000A 4ton 14seer R410A w/4TEE3F49A100A air handler, BAYHTR1415BRKB 15kW aux.
Company B was just a tab cheaper for...
1) Trane 4TWX4048 and a 4TEE3f49, that was as specific as it got regarding model numbers, but I was a bit more impressed by this company in general. They also gave me a price for a 13 seer Carrier that was several hundred cheaper.
Both quotes were at my budget for this project. Company A wanted to reuse my existing refrigerant line while B was putting in new.
I have been far from impressed by several of the others that pull up in a beat up pickup, spend 5 minutes walking around the house, write a number on a napkin and leave. One was several thousand less, but I wouldn't let him change the oil in my car, let alone wire something up in my house.
Is the Trane or Lennox above going to be a better system? My basement is unheated, I have the main level of about 1400sq feet and second floor of 900sq feet. Both told me my existing duct work was fine. Both levels are on one zone. One said the cooling load was 42,540 and heating load was 52,338.
Should I expect less than the $1500 I have spent for heating oil last year for heating cost? I used about 800 gallons 2 years ago at close to $2 a gallon and a bit over 500 gallons last winter at about $2.8 a gallon.
From reading it sounds like my savings in AC might be a couple hundred a year at most. Any other suggestions?
Thanks in advance, and sorry for the novel.