Thanks in advance to all the pros on this site... as well as the customers who post their questions and experiences. I learned a lot from reading literally hundreds of threads, already.
I saw this out there:
and wondered if it is the least bit helpful or simply outdated or too general, and not therefore so helpful?
I believe things change over time. A particular model that may have soiled the reputation of one manufacturer for many years in the minds of many people, and may now be past history.
In should disclose that, in general, I have the perception that model lines reduce costs in the lower tiers by using cheaper components. Is that generally true? So, I am already pre-disposed to the notion that "you pay for what you get".
And so to ramble on further, I speculate that the quality of components used twenty years ago may not be on par with the components used in the middle-tier, today.
I am replacing a 23 year old 3.5 Ton heap pump and air handler. Well, my HVAC independent contractor is doing the job. However, I am coming here for perspective and to get help making decisions on products I shop for every 25 years or so, evidently. lol.
So, I am seeking specific model recommendations for a 3.5 ton heap pump + air handler system and probably considering electronic filters such as the Honeywell F300 or the FH8000 or Aprilaire 5000 (as well as any other paper filter that are recommended). I like the idea of putting the washable filters in the dishwasher.
Is there an advantage to variable speed fan, I am leaning toward VS even though I see in most commentary that it is good for dehumidification; which is not what I need being in the high-desert climate of Central Oregon. I was looking at VS as potentially smoothing the delivery of air flow (gentler and quieter perhaps?) and possibly adjusting for the particular pressures existent in the ducts, too.
Lastly, I notice that the web sites of companies that have closed dealer networks such as Carrier, Maytag, Rheem, Trane seem to be more informative than other brands that operate differently.
In fact, I was interested in the Rheem JEC units due what I read on this forum about how the tstat, AH and HP are communicating with each other. I got the impression all systems do not do this.
As much as I would like to by the Rheem JEC, I am using a HVAC contractor that is an independent type so my understanding is... that he does not have access to these manufacturers because they require specific Trane Training; or Maytag High SEER TrainingI learned on the phone this morning from the Maytag corporate phone number.
But then I found a supply company out of New York selling Rheem via eBay. But in big red letters their warning says if you accept delivery and then find a problem, then it's your problem all of a sudden. lol. Oh great.
So, I am hopeful that the pros here can offer some suggestions of particular models which independent contractors have access to their distribution networks such as York or Honeywell or some other ones I am not aware of?
Of course, I am seeking those higher-end models with good solid components inside so that the company puts a 10 year warranty on it. or 12 years in the case of Maytag.
Are the advanced features such as communication with the tstat genuinely helpful toward climate control? If so, do you know of a model with that functionality?