I have been lurking for over a week - soaking up info and now registered, so I can ask a few questions or insights. Here is the scenario:
I am building a new house in Marion, NC ( acting as owner/builder ) - it is just off a river feeding into a lake. It is a nice community - big lots. I have 8 acres. I am building a 3800 sqft( finished/heated ) Lindal Home ( 2x6 post and beam ) and will have an unfinished walk out basement that could act as a garage in the future - bringing total sq footage to about 6000 sqft.
The clear cutting and excavation is almost done and I hope footers/foundation will start this week.
Following the advice on the board - I have talked to a few contractors and found one who I like so far ( the conversation has been good, he answers my questions well, and comes recommended from a good builder in the development). He has my 1/8 inch plans and is working up some quotes. He initially thought 6 - 7 tons, but will be doing the man j for me when he quotes.
He is going to quote two systems - an Armstrong (I don't recall the line - but I think the high end ones) and York system (Affinity)- however, this is what I am requesting:
Full heat pump and an LP furnace. He will also install elec strips for the emergency back up on the heat pump. So in essence - I have the heat pump for cooling, heat pump for heating when it is efficient and choice of elec or LP for more aggressive heating when desired. One of the reasons for these two choices of back up heat (elec and LP ) is that I also want to have an LP stand by generator hooked up (most likely Guardian as Onan is way to $$$$ ) and this is second home/future retirement home that will see weekend and occasional day use while I live in Charlotte ). I also like the option of having choices for fuel !
So from earlier posts around this topic, I gather it might be overkill, but in general a 'trick' system but needs some sophisticated controls. Are there any other insights or suggestions I should be aware of when discussing with my HVAC guy? Am I missing something big ?
Oh - he is going to quote a ClimateMaster too - as I love the technology, but from what I have determined so far, my pay back might be 20 years LOL
BTW - my HVAC guy likes York and has been a long time dealer, as he says they have treated him well. He just picked up the Armstrong line and likes that these have 2 stage systems, 410a at medium SEER levels compared to the York .. .as well as the 10 year warranty and covers a hole in the York line. He also visited the Armstrong plant and was impressed - they poke a whole in every box after being carted - to sniff for any leaks. And that these units are going thru a face change - as the the cabinets are being redesigned by a cabinet company - so might be good deals on these this fall !
And if anyone has suggestions on a hot water heater - tankless or not, please let me know.
Thanks - Dan