Greetings folks, first time poster and like many - I've come here for some advice.
We have been thinking of and getting quotes now for 2 years. We can't come to a decision and the money obviously is a factor.
I've received 4 quotes so far and although they sounded high, I have heard variations that are too alarming to ignore or variant to make a solid decision.
I've talked with others who have had similar services done and they paid much less for for more, yet all of those companies are just out of my service range so I can't use them.
Here's some of the information. The house is a 3 story townhouse and is 1320 sq ft. No one has done a heat loss calculation and when I inquire as to why they say that we are all r9 insulation in these areas. All the houses were built in the earlier , mid or late 70's for miles around here.
However, we have older windows, blown in insulation and shared brick walls with neighbors. Can't imagine that wouldn't matter? We also have a fireplace and probably several other factors that leads me to believe they should have inspected further.
At any rate, my most recent quote included a 60,000 btu furnace in it.
The furnace is right off of the front door, easy to get to etc etc etc. The wall to the outside is going to be over the washer and dryer through the finished ceiling to the outside about 10' away. The air conditioner will be right below it if thats of any concern.
The quote included a Bryant 355mav furance I believe he said was 92 % efficient but the manual states it's 96%. He's going to attach a Model SBP bypass humidifier and a Perfect Air , air purifier.
xxxx Work on quotesheet states new plenum & return air boot , attaching new equip to existing ductwork and all piping and wiring to complete job.
Seems kinda high to me. All for one day in and out. Not sure how much of that is labor and how much of that is materials though so , I'm talking without being informed properly so to speak.
So, the other quotes and the reason of my concerns.
-All of the other guys said that my current furnace vents out through ductwork that the hot water tank vents out of too, and that there will be a sleeve needed to be put into this duct to make up for the loss of push from the old furnace, otherwise fumes could back up from my water tank. ALL of the other quotes said this except the guy with the quote above.
Also, the others recommended that I get a new air conditioner to match things up properly. My current quote said that my current air conditioner is fine.
Originally I thought the other guys were trying to sell me something or padding the equipment list, but without looking at those quotes exactly, I do remember one being xxxx and that included the duct sleeve AND a new air conditioner. It also included a name brand furnace in all the quotes.
I had one quote where the guy said I dont need anything other than an 80% furnace if I plan on selling this place in 5-7 years??
what should be a good range be for what I am looking for in the opinions of others?
Does any of this sound right, wrong or without seeing it you can't guestimate? Keep getting quotes until I feel comfortable or? Just not sure what to do. My parents built a new house and their entire HVAC bill was CENSORED PRICE for ductwork, super high effec furnace, air conditioner with electronic dampers, great filter and a beefy air purifier. Dual thermostats etc etc. BEEFY system.
If I take my most recent quote and throw in the air conditioner he said I could get if I wanted to now, my quote would be another xxxx for the additional 2 ton air conditioner (dual stage bryant)..
Thanks, I'm kinda swimming here and just not trusting much of what has been said to me thus far. Although this last guy, high in price seemed to at least convey confidence in me.