We received two quotes today from contractors both of whom I'm comfortable with. One quoted a Trane and the other a Rheem.
Both systems appear to qualify for the federal tax credit and here are the details.
TUD60R9V 60,000 btu variable speed furnace 80%
4TWX5024A1 Heat Pump 2 ton Single Stage 15 SEER
4TXCB032BC3HCA 32,000 btu coil
Honeywell IAQ Thermostat
80% 2 stage Furnace ECM2+ motor
RPPL Heat Pump 2 ton Two Stage 16 SEER (he listed as RPPL but I don't see this on the Rheem website. RPRL is the 16 SEER unit). He quoted me a RPPL 14 SEER and and a 16 SEER so I think he didn't change the pre-fix.
Dual Fuel Evaporator Coil
White Rodgers 1F951277 Thermostat
Obviously the Rheem quote is not as detailed with model numbers as the Trane quote.
Things I like about the Trane system are 1)it's a Trane and 2) IAQ Thermostat 3) better warranty 10/10 versus 10/5
Things I like about the Rheem system are 1)HP is 1 extra SEER and 2 stage 2) it is considerably less money than the Trane system 3)it's a Rheem as our 23 year old system is a Ruud
So questions: is the White Rodgers tstat the equivalent of the IAQ tstat or should I insist on the IAQ? Does the 2 stage and extra SEER make much difference in the HP?
I'm in the Atlanta area and this is for the second floor system. Probably about 900-1000 square feet upstairs.