General public's attitude towards our energy predicament:"I reject the reality of finite resource depletion and substitute it with my own; energy is infinite, we just need an alternative storage medium to run the cars on. The economy can grow indefinitely - we just need to "green" everything! Technology is energy! Peak what?"
The formula I have used for a condensing furnace is to divide the input BTU by 10,000 and then multiply that number by 150(cfm for a condensing furnace) So roughly 1050 cfm, your return is a little short. I would watch that heat rise cause I bet your on the high end of it or even over. And as a side note I have been down that road with our installers too, just remember keep it professional.
Here's a great example of expectations and reasonableness being totally disconnected. Homeowners buy replacement furnace (maybe not in this case, but I'll use this as a common example) and expect the hvac company to know everything about issues with the house, the duct work, etc, all based upon the "free estimate".
Your free estimate got you little to no engineering. By getting 6 free estimates you put a lot of cost on 6 hvac companies, which really means YOU pay for that in your price.
We understand the consumer thinks this is how to get a furnace as "cost effectively" as possible, but once you signed that free estimate, unless your bid specification included a lot of diagnostics and design, you got the furnace quoted installed as quickly as possible.
Did you have a specification?
Which makes more sense to you? CONSERVATION - turning your thermostat back and being uncomfortable. Maybe saving 5-10% ENERGY EFFICIENCY - leaving your thermostat where everyone is comfortable. Saving 30-70%