New user to the forum and just about to have my furnace replaced, figured this was the best place to get information.
I have a 1299 square foot 1 & 1/2 storey house, built in 1918 up in Winnipeg MB, Canada. My current furnace is a ICS model 100k BTU from I believe 1974. It still works but has definitely seen better days and is going to be replaced in a month or so. My main goal is to reduce the monthly gas bill.
I have received about 6 in home estimates from a range of companies, I have selected my favourite two based on local reputation and both appear to be relatively solid companies.
The company I have selected (still have time to change) install York furnaces, not a brand I am overly familiar with. The model I would go with is a PC9 80k BTU unit. This is a modulating furnace and sounds to be relatively new to the market. I do not know a whole lot about this unit and was hoping that someone could give me an honest opinion that has either had one installed, or has installed one and knows how they operate if installed correctly.
The second company is larger and has a slightly better reputation (relative, these are the best two of 6 companies in total). They install Lennox furnaces and have two models which compete with the York model. I believe they are the G61 and the G71P models. This company is more expensive (500-1000 depending on the model) and their warranty is less (1yr labour compared to 10 years from the company with the York. Both are 10 year parts).
Would it be wise to go with the company with a slightly better reputation instead of the company which appears to have a better deal (I like the idea of modulating, but don't consider it a necessary item) for a new furnace?
I have selected the Honeywell IAQ YTH9421C1002 thermostat to be installed by the company putting in the York furnace. My understanding is that the York model of modulation only requires a single stage thermostat. Is it a waste of money to get this IAQ thermostat paired with the York furnace?
I appreciate any feedback.