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  1. #1
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    Lennox SLP98V or EL296V

    I am trying to decide between two furnaces right now. The SLP is about $ more than the EL. I wanted to get your professional's thoughts on if it is worth the difference in price and the benefits I would see.

    I currently have about a 14 year old 80% 110k BTU furnace. The HVAC specialist is recommending going down to a 90k BTU using the high efficiency furnace which I believe makes sense. The house is about 3k square feet upstairs, two story house.

    Also I wanted to see if the IComfort is really worth the extra $-$? I currently have a newer wifi enabled thermostat.
    Last edited by beenthere; 02-02-2013 at 01:18 PM. Reason: prices

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    the wi-comfort stat I would go for it....The slp is definately not worth that much more money.... and sorry prices are not allowed....
    it was working.... played with it.... now its broke.... whats the going hourly rate for HVAC repair

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    Besides the progressive increase in heat usage from 35 percent to 100 is there any other benefit to the SLP? I couldn't find any data on if that really saves you money over a 2 stage furnace.

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    Quote Originally Posted by z-one View Post
    Besides the progressive increase in heat usage from 35 percent to 100 is there any other benefit to the SLP? I couldn't find any data on if that really saves you money over a 2 stage furnace.
    It's more of a comfort function with the SLP98, and are some very small savings to be had....
    If you do get the SLP, buy the communicating thermostat for the furnace. It's called the iComfort, it will make the most of the additional features on that furnace.
    If you don't want to spend the extra money, the EL296 will do the job just fine, as long as the installing company uses a 2 stage thermostat and wires it correctly.

    Whichever choice you make, buy any extra warranty you can, and get the furnace maintained every year!

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    Thanks

    So it sounds like if I go the EL route there is no major Benefit to getting the I comfort thermostat If my filtrere Wi-Fi already has dual stage capabilities?

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    I was able to negotiate the price different to be more reasonable. If you take money off the table is the SLP a good choice when it comes to effectiveness and reliability?

    The contractor is doing a blow door test tomorrow and load calc so I am confident he will fit me with the right size unit.

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    If you can afford it, and are staying in the home for a while, always go top of the line.

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