I am in southwest Florida. I know forum rule is no price talk so I am only mentioning price difference between 2 units offered by same dealer.
I just got two heat pump quotes on a 3.5 ton Lennox 14XP Elite and 14HPX Merit. Both units were paired with the CBX270UH air handler.
Dealer told me CBX270UH was variable speed but web site does not back that up. Is it?
The price difference was pretty significant so I am trying to understand the differences.
Elite is quieter (71 versus 76 db but I don't really know what that means in real life).
Elite has better cabinet (better protection for coil).
I read something in the forum about low and high pressure switches in compressor?!? I don't know what that means but it seemed like Merit unit was missing one of these. Should I care?
I currently have a 10 year old Lennox 12HPB36 (I had a 3 ton, upping to 3.5 ton due to house addition). My unit looks like the Merit model -- very little coil protection. One thing that I never liked about my current unit is how loud it is when shutting off -- should like horrible grinding but has been that way since day 1.
Do you think the Elite is worth more than Merit? I plan on being in this house a long time but the is a lot to me. Thanks!!!