I'm brand new to this forum and was wondering if anyone could provide some perspective for my situation. I am building a new home in Cincinnati, OH and the builder has offered several choices for my HVAC. The house comes standard with a Carrier Infinity 96 Gas furnace and Infinity Thermostat but with a Carrier Base 24ABA3 model (SEER=13) for the A/C. The house is big enough that the builder will be putting in two HVAC systems. I want to know if a Hybrid system makes sense here.
My choices for heat pump are the Carrier 25HCA3, 25HPA3, and the 25HNA6
My only goal is to get a heat pump/hybrid if it makes sense financially and I have no idea what to do. I know you can't talk prices here so I won't quote them exactly, but hopefully I can talk about a price range.
In reading other posts, there is a lot of information that is provided regarding heat loss, space, utility cost,etc. Given the house is not built and I don't live there yet (currently residing on the East Coast), I'm sort of limited on what data I can provide. All I know is that my house is approximately 6000 sq ft with very good insulation, and a dual HVAC system.
1. The 25HPA3 and the 25HNA6 are significantly more expensive, more than $10K for either option which was sticker shock for me. Would any of you seriously consider going this route, expecially since the winter will mainly run on gas since Cincinnati can be on the colder side during winter.
2. The 25HCA3 is much more reasonable at a few thousand dollars extra but, the SEER value is identical to the A/C unit, will the heat pump aspect pay itself out given this climate?
3. Should I inquire about a higher effeciency A/C unit instead, like the Infinity series Carrier or can I expect a $10K similar price increase over the standard as well?
Any help would be greatly appreciated. I know there may not be a "right" answer here but any perspective would help as I just "don't have a clue."