OMG, will someone please help. My husband and I have decided to put in central air and do away with our very ineffecient "in-wall" dinosaurs. We live in Western Long Island and have received three quotes thus far....all for different brands and costs. Very frustrating to assess. We have a three bedroom ranch that's approximately 1600 sq ft. We are only doing the main level of the house, not the basement. We have an unfinished attic that's accessible for the return.
Quote 1: Luxaire, 3.5 ton, 14 SEER = $xxxx without electric
Quote 2: Goodman, 3 ton, 13 SEER = $xxxx without electric. Said we could also have American Standard and the cost difference is $xxx though not sure if $xxx more or less than Goodman because Mr. Clueless (husband) took the call.
Quote 3: Rheem 16/13 (SEER/EER), 3 ton unit and air-handler $xxxxx
OR, American Standard 16/13 SEER/EER, $xxxxx
Or, American Standard 13/10.5 SEER/EER, $xxxxx
I was told company that did Quote 3 does impeccable duct work (and their three quotes include the electric), but was told same for Company Quote #2 and that recommendation came from my oil service company who does not put in HVAC systems. I have researched this for 9 days now. Waiting on one more quote, but I'm beyond the point of being able to assess anything. This is apples, oranges, and grapes. Company A likes Luxaire, Company B likes Goodman and Company C likes Rheem or American Standard. American Standard scares me as in the Northeast, and in particular Long Island, we are at the merch of LIPA (Long Island Power Authority). American Standard has a motherboard, and LIPA loves to give you surges...to the point we've have the motherboard go on my husband's computer (twice) -- and that's with having a surge protector. I would flip out if the motherboard blew and was not covered. Long Island weather is not Arizona...nice and steady.
Very confused and unlike most men, my husband is letting me do all the work and research. Can someone offer me advice?