I have had multiple estimates and narrowed it down to 2- one is Carrier and the other is Trane. I got a 3rd Carrier estimate and it was in-line with the company I am considering.
Both reps did a load calc, were personable, spent 90 minutes talking with me in detail about options/education, etc. Both companies have also been used by neighbors. Here are the proposals:
16 SEER A/C or Hybrid option
Whole house humidifer (not sure type)
Honeywell touchscreen t-stat
Infinity ICS furnace
Performance 15 A/C or Hybrid Heat option
Both will have standard media filters so I removed that cost in my comparison. Apples-to-apples the Trane is still 8-9% higher (still have yet to renegotiate with the rep to bring this down.)
I will probably do Hybrid heat either way since we will be in the house at least 5 years which will exceed the 3-year break even that both reps indicated. To further reduce my total cost, I will probably drop down a level away from the 16 SEER (to equiv of a 13).
Any advice between the two units? Not sure if one is more reliable long-term or any comfort difference between them? Also is one better if I go the A/C route, but another better if Hybrid? Do you agree Hybrid Heat would be a no-brainer if I am here in teh house for 5+ years (I am in PECO land for utilities.)