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  1. #1
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    Advice Needed: Furnace Install

    I am making a decision on a new furnace in the next few weeks. I need some advice on some difficult decisions. Here is some backround.

    House:

    I live in CT and it does get cold here. I have a 2,800 sqft 2 story house. I currently have both oil and propane for my house. I do not have a/c and may only put it in a few years down the road. I am currently heating with a 21 year old Armstrong furnace and got killed last year on fuel. I burn wood with a pacific energy insert that is rated for 3,000 sqft. My hot water heater is on propane and was a bad job done against code. It is vented right into the oil furnace, and both are vented up through the same flue.

    Ducts:

    Are less that ideal with really bad kinks, bends, dips, and things that just look very counter-intuitive to me. I also know that I have 1000 cfm output with only 400 cfm return, and all the returns are sitting right near the furnace. No returns on first floor. This is something I will address regardless of furnace I choose.

    Choices:

    I priced out Hydro-Air and though it seems like a great system, it is too pricey for me.

    Propane- I have two installers I like. One is a Lennox dealer who is highly recommended and the other a Carrier dealer. I have propane fuel, though I may need to install a bigger tank. If I go this route I do not need to replace the hot water heater.

    Oil- I have two installers I like and trust. I also really like the ThermoPride furnance and its seems everyone agrees- even propane installers, that this is the best furnace. I am looking at a ThermoPride with variable speed fan. I would need to replace the hot water heater, which adds to the cost.

    Questions:

    I cannot give prices. I have a budget for 5,000 to 9,000 with the obvious thing being the best system for the least amount of money. What would you do if you were me?

    Should I go Oil or Propane?

    Is Variable Speed an option that will compensate for inadequate duct work?

    What things should I look for in an installer?

    Any other advice?


    I appreciate and thank you all in advace for your recommendations.

  2. #2
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    VS blowers compensate for slightly undersized ducts.
    Grossly undersized ducts, kill VS blowers.

    I would check and see if any of the contractors you like, have 12 month same as cash financing available.

    Get the best you can afford. Afford what you get.
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    Someone tell me if I heard this right. Is thermopride going away? I thought I heard somewhere or read somewhere that thermopride is not going to be around that they are going to stop making them I could be wrong though.

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    I haven't heard that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by beenthere View Post
    I haven't heard that.
    Now I wish I knew where I heard that at. Can't remember if it was in hvac mag or at a supply house. Who knows it may have been one of my hvac dreams that I have.

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    could anyone else offer any other advice? I am looking at making a decison by weeks end and I am just very lost.

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