I'm installing a new Ruud Modulating upflow gas furnace and air filter in my home. I'm debating Aprilaire 5000 vs Air Bear Supreme 1400 Media type. I have 3 tons of air and a 3 ton 12 SEER condenser. I also plan to bring in outside air, perhaps through a whole house dehumidifier. If not, it will go directly into my return and through the filter I select. Filter size will be about 16 x 25. All equipment is in a furnace room on the lower level of my bi-level house, making it easily accessable.
I've heard the Aprilaire 5000 is the best of both worlds-electronic and media, and only in need of cleaning once a year. I've also heard it's ozone production is rather high and maintainance is a little tricky. I believe the 5000 is at least Merv 10, while the Air Bear Supreme 1400 is Merv 8. I don't have access to Lennox so their unit got ruled out. The Air Bear seems simple with excellent capacity and an easy to change media element. What am I missing? If money wasn't an issue, which would you prefer for your home. Please share your opinions on the matter. I will greatly appreciate it.
near St. Louis, MO