In the market for a complete heating and A/C system. I currently have a big window unit and a smaller A/C for the back of the house and Baseboard heat, which BTW is costing me a fortune to operate. During the winter I was using approx 4,600kwh which equates to over $300 a month. If I do not do something soon my wife is going to "Loranna Bobbit" me. My budget is around 9k.
I have a small single story brick ranch home located in central Indiana. Inside measurements indicate I have 1,850 sq ft of living area, outside measurements say it is 1,212 sq ft, this does not include the attached one car garage. I do have a crawl space and attic. I do not presently have any trees big enough to shade the house and will be doing the roof this coming fall in a light brown. I do not know if that makes a difference or not, but you have the information.
I have had so far 3 companies come out to give an estimate.
Company #1 was professional, took measurements of the house and give me 3 options all with a 2 ton heat pump. All Bryant equipment.
1. 14 seer
2. 15 seer
3. 16 seer with variable speed
My neighbor has had this same company out to do some work for him and is still pissed at the work that was done. Basically, the service men that came out were incompetent and did not know what they were doing and had major issues trying to get the system working. But another guy at my place of employment highly recommended them.
Company #2 guy was about 350lbs and was telling me that due to his size he could not put the vents on the outside wall like I wanted, but could get his 15 year old kid to do it if thatis what I wanted. I told him to leave.
Company #3 first off the salesman was late. i had a 4:00 appt with him, at 4:37 I got a call from his office stating he was running a little behind and he was leaving town then which is only 5 miles from myhouse. At 5:30 the salesman finally shows up. I told him straight up that I was already skeptical of his company. And that he is the salesman trying to get my work and 1.5 hrs late and makes me wonder greatly about service after the sale. I do let him in and talk with him after he apologized several times for his being late. He ended up talking a good show, but after a week I still have no written estimate from his company.
I have 2 more companies coming out next week, hopefully one will meet my needs.
I do have several questions:
Considering my location, is a heat pump the best route to go?
Should I spend the extra $$ to put returns in every room?
Any particular brands to steer clear from?
I know I will have some other questions, thanks in advance for your responses. I just do not want to be asking these questions after the fact.