I have received 5 bids from local companies. After doing much research these are the following systems that I have narrowed it down to. We are upgrading a 20+ year old RUDD furnace (no AC or heat pump). Ruled our Carrier because it does not seem to be worth the extra cost. We live in the Pacific NW and the weather here is pretty mild.
1. Bryant Evolution 268A 3 ton heat pump (16 SEER/ 9.0 HSPF) with Bryant 80% Evolution 315AAV adding honeywell media filter with the Evolution Control system
Bryant Heat Pump
2. Coleman Echelon 3 ton 5T Series (15+ SEER / 8.5+ HSPF) with Coleman LX series 96% AFUE "premium" two stage furnace with Honeywell VisionPro 8000 control system. Also comes with media air cleaner and UV.
Coleman Heat Pump
The dealer for system 1 states that the increase in price to upgrade to 96% AFUE Bryant system is not easily justified.
Both seem like very solid systems that would suite our needs very well.
Any input or advice would be appreciated.