I have a question regarding replacing my current HVAC equipment. Below is a breakdown of my current system /setup.
- Rheem 2 Ton 13 SEER w. 45k BTU 80% efficiency horizontal flow furnace (located in my attic) servicing my second floor which consist of three bedrooms, two bathroom, and a hallway. This area is about 750 sq. ft.
- Rheem 2.5 Ton 13 SEER w. 65k BTU 90% efficiency upflow furnace and an AprilAir 500 humidifier (located in my basement) servicing my basement which has a large family room as well as my first floor which has my kitchen, family room, dining room, and powder room. This area is about 900 sq. ft.
I want to change out my system because I notice a noticeable temperature shift between the different bedrooms. We also notice a HUGE temperature shift between the floor and the middle of the rooms on the first floor (I'm guessing this because my vents are closest to the floor). The other issue I noticed is that during the summer the relative humidity in my house is about 50 - 60% and during the winter its about 25 - 30%.
I was told that a new system with a two stage AC unit and variable speed air handler would help dehumidify the air in the summer and not dry up the air so much in the winter. In addition they told me a variable speed air handler will also fix my temperature shifts so I wanted to reach out to the pro's to see if this is indeed the case. The system that the HVAC contractor is offering to install is an American Standard as he feels this is a better brand than Trane and Rheem.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.