After nursing my old 3T (2.5T outside, 3T inside) system along, it is probably getting replaced. My parents just put on a new Trane system rated up to 18SEER, and he is pushing me to look into the variable speed air handlers and 2-speed compressor. They spent $, but I cannot do that!
My preference is the Copeland scroll compressor with a variable speed fan and air handler. Any word yet on reliability of the available scrolls? I also understand that there are a couple of ways they control compressor pumping capacity.
I have started getting quotes locally (Atlanta) and am told from one rep that Amana makes theirs (Amana), Goodman and GMC branded units, with few differences.
To me that leaves Lennox, Carrier and Trane.
I will have up to about $ to spend on a system, so what do you guys suggest? I have an installer but everyone has their preferences, and I'd like to see what you suggest so I ask for the right thing.