The system brand isn't the important thing. The most important thing is the correct installation of the system you chose. Quality costs money. So don't go with the lowest bid. Otherwise you will get the lowest quality.
My advice is simple. Get several quotes from several companies. Do backround research on the companies. Check BBB and prior customers. Assure they are doing a load calc., sizing the ductwork, and designing the ductwork for proper and balanced air distribution.
Get the extended warranty to include parts and labor for 10 years. Get a service contract. Get the highest efficiency system you can possibly afford. Get a system with R-410A refrigerant.
HVAC is not an expense. It is an investment. Invest wisely now and you won't be sorry later. Invest poorly now and you'll regret it before you know it.
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thanks, would you say Amana is worth 20% more than the Goodman? From my research the only differnce I see between the Goodman and Amana units is the Amana unit has a blanket on the condenser compressor and a different top on teh condenser that is supposed to reduce noise. Im comparing the 80% units. I will ask for a quote on the 95% units.
Another thing to remember is that every manufacturer has different grades of units even in the same seer/afue ratings starting with builder grade units that will have lower warrenties. In my area all the new houses get builder grade goodman units which has developed a distaste for goodman by homeowners and service men alike. When i was in sales and would present the two brands of equipment that we offered to a customer they would ask which is better. My response was "Ford or Chevy?" In other words, they both make units that can start at the bottom and go up the the elite. Tell me which you think looks better and which name your more comfortable with and then we will talk about warrenties and options.
The genuine Amana outdoor units have many more features than the Goodman or Amana Distinctions models. The sound blanket, special top, 2 speed fan motor, Copeland Comfort Alert control module, 100% Copeland scroll usage. Amana 80% furnaces have stainless steel heat exchangers, as far as I know the only 80s that do. The 90s are stainless as well where Goodman and Amana Distinctions are aluminized steel.