Replacing my original 28 yr old, 3.5 ton system, and have narrowed down selection to two options. Both are 3.5 ton (1650 sq. ft living, South Louisiana), and qualify for the federal tax credit according to the dealers
System 1: Trane XR series unit, with Trane air handler, electric heat. Can't spew off exact model numbers as don't have the paperwork at hand.
System 2: York YCJF42S41S1 14.5 seer unity, coupled with an Aspen A(E,F)M434+TDR Air handler electric heat, which takes the entire system to a 16 seer (I've got the AHRI certificate printed displaying this information).
I'm familiar with Trane, and believe it to be a generally reputable unit. Have heard of York as well but never heard of ASPEN.
1. Is it common to match a York outdoor condenser unit with another party's indoor air handler/coil unit? Is it advisable? Any downside?
2. Price: According to the rules I cannot post pricing. This question goes towards the relative quality of the two different systems. The Trane system is substantially more than the York/Aspen system. By going with the Trane, am I paying a premium for a bigger name, or is the substantial difference in price justified by a substantial difference in equipment quality. Any feedback is appreciated.