My name is Donnie and I am from SW Virginia. My wife and I live in a 2200 sq ft 2 story home that was built in 1979. We have a little one on the way next month and it has me thinking about buying a new heat pump. Our house needs an upgrade anyway but I also don't want our current unit to fail during the hottest time of the year with an infant at home.
We currently have a 1991 Rheem outside unit and a 1979 Ruud air handler (that's right, the original that was installed in the home). Really don't have any complaints. The house cools and heats and we haven't had to have any service work performed on either device for the 4.5 years we've lived here. I wonder if we should even upgrade at this point but I guess it's inevitable that something will fail at the worst time.
We've settled on either a Trane XL16i or XL20i with the Hyperiorn XL air handler. With the current Trane rebates, the price difference is negligible for whichever unit we choose. Now my questions:
Should I even upgrade if my current system is working?
Is the XL20i communication unit that much better than a 16i to justify the few hundred dollar increase in price?
Is either the XL16i or XL20i paired with the Hyperion XL eligible for the $300 tax rebate? The ratings have to be:
HSPF >= 8.5
EER >= 12.5
SEER >= 15