So my search for a replacement furnace is continuing and I'm still so confused and looking for more help. I spoke to 2 Premier Lennox dealers. As I mentioned in a previous post, the first guy suggested a single stage unit saying that he didn't think a 2 stage/variable would be able to push heat up to the second floor, but he gave me prices for the single, 2-stage, and modulating furnaces in case I wanted to go that way. The second guy is really pushing the modulating furnace, or the 2-stage variable/saying that it's way better and will work better for my house, but his prices are about $ higher installed for each furnace model. I mentioned to him that his price was $ high compared to others and inferred that I was lying since he knew how much the furnace cost for them to buy. Well, it is what it is. Also when I asked if he would do a heat loss calc he basically called me an idiot, but in a nicer way.
I'm obviously hesitant to ask the first guy to install a furnace that he is recommending against, but the $ savings is just so tempting.
So, should I trust the first guy's opinion about concerns with second floor heating? He's a premier dealer and should know??? Is the second guy lying to me just to make extra profit? I just don't know what to do. $ is a good chunk of change. Maybe I should just go with Carrier and forget the Lennox headache. Price would be about the same as the first guy's price.
BTW, house is old 2-story with basement, 1600 sf with good insulation in lower Michigan.