We had bids from three contractor representatives for an 80% furnace (2-stage, variable speed)and a heat pump. We were most impressed with the rep who offers EverRest (13 SEER heat pump), a marketing line of Amana that is supposed to be almost identical to Amana ("For $100 more it can say 'Amana' on it.") I have seen no information on EverRest other than their brochure, and website which has good information on each product. 1. Can you tell me your opinion or experience with this brand? (The rep says they've had less problems this year with EverRest than with Lennox, which they also sell.)
2. This is the only representative who recommended a 100,000 BTU furnace from his load calculation (the same as our 45+ year-old Lenox furnace). Three others came up with 80,000 BTU. He and one other rep figured a 3-ton heat pump (same as our old Lenox A/C that bit the dust), but two reps said we need only a 2 1/2-ton. House is a 1550 sq. ft. split foyer with no insulation in exterior walls, in the central Mid-West (Nebraska). This company guarantees a Temperature Selection in extreme heat and cold, as well as good warrantees. I've seen the advice here that installation is more important than equipment.
Would appreciate any feedback on these two questions.
[Edited by jnths on 10-18-2005 at 12:19 AM]