Looks like the experts are here, so, which is better, Rheem v. Bryant AND two stage v. fully modulated?
My Bryant central air and gas furnace (70% are 17yrs old. The A/C is shot. I am replacing both and wanting to go "high efficiency". A dual fuel/hybrid is going to be to expensive, as I've found them to run at least $1,800 - $2,000 more than a 95%+, dual stage gas system. Trane is certainly one of the best, but to expensive. Carrier is also overpriced. So, I'm down to Bryant and Rheem.
Bryant Evolution model 355B 95%+, two stage w/variable speed blower matched with a model 598B two speed, 16 SEER AC with Bryant’s Evolution thermostat technology is one choice.
Rheems 95%+, fully modulated gas, variable speed blower and a 15 SEER AC with Rheems programmable thermostat.
I've read consumer reports comparing Rheem to Trane. Bryant seems to run about number four or five on the list when it comes to customer satisfaction/problems. I've also read the modulating system is far more efficient that the two state. However, opinions on these systems are like bellybuttons.
Thanks for your thoughts.