Hi, everyone.. totally new to AC and shopping to put it in my first house. Read a decent amount on this forum, people seem very knowledgeable so I thought I'd post a couple questions.
1) I've shopped quotes for Lennox, Trane and Bryant. I liked the company that deals Bryant. They have great reviews, A+ Better Business Bureau rating and they also seemed to have the best pricing.
2) My house is about 2250 sqft in the north east and I am looking at 3 Ton units. After asking a lot of questions, going through a lot of manuals etc. the two units I'm looking at are the Bryant 126B (single stage) and the 127A (two stage).
3) My furnace is a Goodman GMPN080-4 Rev B. When the last couple installers came for quotes I was looking for a single stage AC unit (didn't consider two stage until I got a pretty good price quote) so they simply looked at the furnace and said it would be no problem. I think my furnace is single stage, and to be honest I don't know how to tell if it's two stage. I tried looking through manuals and I think it's single stage but not sure.
4) The things I want from my AC are obviously to cool the air but I'm also looking for lower humidity and I would like it to be somewhat quiet as it will be next to my deck. I spent a lot of time looking at dB ratings. I live in the northeast but I'm originally from northern Ontario, Canada. I find 80-85 degrees hot so I think I will use AC more than most in my area.
My question arises because the Bryant guy I have been talking to told me that either system would be great. The two stage 127A has a fairly similar price to the 126B and I thought it might be worth the extra money. I've read all about the lower humidity with a two stage unit, cost to run, low noise etc. etc.
I asked him about the two stage working on my furnace that we both thought was single stage (He's now coming back to look at it and is looking up the model number I listed above) and he said that shouldn't be an issue. I asked him a little more about it and he told me he was going to look into it more for me.
Will the two stage 127A be a problem? Should I go with the 126B or another single stage? I also looked at the Lennox XC14 and XC17 because of their low noise ratings (around 70dB) but liked the Bryant models as well. Bryant were also a better deal.
Thanks for reading all that... Any input from you guys would be appreciated!