Hello! We're replacing our furnace this month, since we can benefit from some rebates. Our house is about 1600 square feet, built in 1992, semi-detached. We live in Eastern Canada - so we get some pretty cold winters. We've had two contractors come and give us quotes. We're pretty sure we've made our decision, but I thought I'd post here to see if there's anything we might be missing.
1) York Affinity 9 series modulating furnace, 10 year parts/labour
2) Trane 95 2-stage furnace, 10 year parts
Both units are 60 000btu. The Trane is coming in several hundred dollars (am I allowed to say that?) MORE than the York. I'm thinking this is in part because the contractor is insisting that we need a condensate pump, whereas the York contractor says we don't need one. So, we're figuring there's no good reason to choose the 2-stage over the modulating furnace, since the latter is actually cheaper and the warranty includes labour. Both contractors told us that their warranty does not require yearly service.
We get a better vibe off the York contractor, and we have previous experience with him as well (no problems). The Trane contractor is part of a (much) bigger company and we're not 100% convinced they'll provide good service. Nothing wrong with the sales guy...just not even sure he'll always be our contact.
Any foreseeable reason to go with the 2-stage over the York? We do have some cold rooms in the house...no idea if it's the duct work, or just the old furnace (Rheem Imperial 90 plus), or a combination (it's also our North-facing rooms with the biggest problem, including the room over our garage). Hoping the new furnace might improve things.
Thanks for your help!