I am new to this forum – a residential heat pump customer in MA. Have learned a lot from comments on this site. I’m aware that a heat pump may not be best for our area, but it’s what we have in our condo (2500 square feet, 3 floors). We are replacing our 3T system – outside unit and inside air handler. Our most important criteria: heating, a quieter unit, and reliability of equipment and installer. We’re deciding between Trane and Am Standard (and installers). Leaning toward the XL 14i/Heritage 14 (with variable speed air handler) and changing to R410. A few questions.
1)Big price difference between 14 and 16 series, payback questionable. Thoughts on difference in noise levels between the two? Current contractor indicates that Trane 14i does well in a local town with strict noise ordinances.
2)Second contractor tells us he may be able to get a "great deal" on a 16 SEER American Standard. I’m always skeptical of words like this – and wondering what questions I should be asking to be sure we are really looking at comparable equipment.
Thanks for the advice and information.