I've got several quotes in front of me for various heat pumps, and everybody basically recommends something different...so here goes...
What is the general rule of thumb for selecting a seer rating? Buy the biggest you can afford? Go with cheap? Is there an equation I can plug the up front cost into and figure rate of return on utilities based on seer rating?
Second, what questions should I ask about the installation (interviewing them for installation practices)?
Third, What is the usual cost for switching from LP to All Electric? I have some friends who already had electric and bought the same system(s) I'm looking at and the cost I was quoted from the same companies are substantially higher (so they didn't have to convert, I do)??? A 60amp breaker will be added to the 200amp panel, and this panel is ~25 feet from the furnace area...
Fourth, are there a lot of people replacing old LP units with all electric these days???...my system is 19 years old...and very in-efficient...but LP is up there these days....starting to rival with gas prices, so I'm thinking (obvious from the questions above) about going with a all electric heat pump.
Oh, yeah, and what about a scroll compressor vs. reciprocating???
Sorry for all the questions, but I don't shop for HVAC everyday.