For those who saw my previous thread, thanks for all the help!. We have ruled out the heat pump because of the cooler circulating air temps. We are going with a new gas furnace. I've had 2 contractors out so far. One says Variable is not good, the other says Variable is great. What are the issues here? My primary concern with the variable is that the circulating air may be too cool. Our recently deceased gas furnace had been working with the blower always running. (Apparantly the mechanism that should cause it to shut down when the flame was off was not functioning.) Anyhow, the point is that the wife was uncomfortable with the room temp air being blown around. I like the idea of keeping the air temp more homogenous in the house by using a variable unit, but it seems to me that the variable would behave like my old always-blowing unit (and hence cool circulating air). What's the real story here?