We're living in west central Florida, and we've decided to finally put in a new heat pump system. I've talked to about 7 contractors and we thought finally seem to have settled on one that I feel the most comfortable with. Though I'm still second guessing myself, and I want to be sure!
We have an 1800 square foot home, and we tend to run the a/c generally mainly during the peak months (May, June, July, August, Sept). And, for heat, when it gets super cold, usually January-February, during overnights and the week or so when it's cold during the day. Otherwise we like having the windows open, enjoying the fresh air, etc.
One of the dealers really has suggested the following Trane models for us:
Oh, and they've all stated (with the exception of two guys off a truck) the 3 ton after going through our house. We had our ducts checked out/sealed and extra insulation blown in two years ago.
Model 4TWR4036 w/15 SEER
This is, from what I read a Trane XR model.
I have two different Trane people giving me two different opinions on this. One thinks that this model is essentially the 'same model' as the XL without the top outside on the condenser unit and won't perform any better. The other thinks the the XL model is better. He basically thinks that this is only slightly better in quality than an Amana that he likes to sell that has a full 10 year labor warranty.
The one trane guy (in AC for 30+ years) says that this is the most that I need.
However, either way, we've pretty much planned to get the extended labor warranty. Both already have 10 year parts.
And, another dealer I have spoken to has really reccommended to me a Carrier model. Though he came off to me as selling this model to "all" his customers because he says it's such a good deal (apparently they've got some good carrier rebates for the model right now).
Carrier Infinity 17.2 SEER
The carrier guy really emphasized the two speed condenser unit. He said that would really make it more like a 20 SEER. However, he also seemed to emphasize that most people keep their units on ALL YEAR LONG!
I read we're not allowed to talk price, but what I want to know is, for someone who uses the air like I do (granted it does get darn hot here you know--we've got two seasons down here, summer and jungle I like to say) how much $$$ would I save over lets say 10 years if I seriously consider this other higher end model?
I almost died last month, our electricity was like $230 for August! Granted our old unit, though supposedly a 10 SEER, had been serviced multiple times by a home warranty company and was pretty jerry rigged (don't know how that's spelled)!