Hello everyone. I live in Philadelphia, PA in a 1200 square foot "twin" brick house (meaning the house in connected to another house on one side but not the other, heh). It is a 2 story home with an underground basement.
I am currently attempting to choose a new condenser and furnace as my current 12 year old Goodman system has kicked the bucket. I am having some trouble with this for a few reasons.
(1) I am fairly certain I would like a Trane unit in my house, but I cannot find a way to to find the difference in price between different Trane lines short of having a contractor give me 20 different quotes, lol. I suspect that a 2.5 ton XR14 would be nice, but can anyone tell me how much more the XL14i and XL16i units are? (and yes...the load calc on the house specs a 2.5 ton unit...or actually 2.7 tons rounded up a bit).
(2) I cannot seem to find which Trane models use scroll compressors. I wish to have one and even Trane's website does not mention this *sigh*
(3) I have been told that any SEER over 14, in a house as small as mine, is hard to justify. Does this contain any truth?
(4) I'm also having trouble picking a furnace for this home. As I'm not rolling in money, and my current furnace works fine, I'm only picking one for the efficiency. Are the current 90+ VS furnaces very pricey? What units would y'all recommend?
Most HVAC contractors are not willing to sit down with me and let me handpick my units. At least not in this city. I'm a masonry contractor myself, and as such, I can't really blame them . But I research everything extensively. Maybe I have too much time on my hands!