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  1. #1
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    Hmm

    Hi Guys,
    Im building a new house in Connecticut (yup, Cold), Im trying to educate myself a little in HVAC.
    2800 sq ft, 2x6 walls w R19, Anderson windows, I will have a Load Calc done soon.

    Im going with propane, I "think" I will go with a 2 stage system for comfort reasons only, 90+ afue.

    My question is like a two sided coin, I would like to hear from you guys, who makes a Quiet, Reliable Furnace that has service access to work on or do maintenance??

    Are the 2 stage V.S. units going down alot more offen than the reliable single stage due to more parts to break?

    Thanks, any help will be much appreciated!!
    Brian

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    Check utility rates carefully. Propane, even with 90+ furnace, is often the most expensive possible fuel. Depending upon electric rates, a heat pump instead of A/C might help temper that.

    Everyone has their own opinion of who makes the best furnace. And opinions are like...

    Look for the best dealer to put it in. Size it right! Too many oversize!

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    Baldloonie answered it pretty much.

    But, I have had no reliability issues with a 2 Stage VS, versus a single stage.

    Dual fuel (heatpump/furnace combo) could definetly be the way to go. Seeing more and more of it, to help offset the high cost of fuels.

    Could also look into Geothermal, heavy upfront cost..but no need for gas, and the payback could be fairly reasonable.

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    I would go with a lennox.

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    Well, sorry iago, I wouldn't, but that's just me. My next door neighbor sells them, we don't, and well, it's nothing personal, but... Seriously, it's been repeated over and over again here at hvac-talk- brand, schmand... it's the HANDS that install it not the brands they install that make or break the deal. All manufacaturers make low end lines and they all make top notch equipment models, too. Look for a dealer who goes the distance and does their homework- load calcs, option suggestions, ask for your input on what you want in a comfort system, etc. It does seem though that some manufacturers like to do their R&D in customers' homes instead of the lab with some of the crap that comes onot market. I won't mention any brands because it's as controversial as a favorite sports team- I got mine go get yours!
    Don't confuse me with facts, my mind is already made up.

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    The sound levels are largely detrmined from the technology used in the furnace rather the brand of furnace. If sound level is important to you than a two stage, variable speed furnace will provide you with the lowest sound levels. I think almost every manufacturer offers a furnace with these features. My personal preference is Carrier and Rheem. Rheem/RUUD is Extremely service friendly and both are very reliable. ECM motors are expensive if you have to replace them...two things sure to kill an ecm motor is moisture and excessive static pressure so try to keep the furnace in a dry location and make sure the ducts are sized properly. If you take these precautions you should have many years of quiet, trouble free service from your furnace.

    Dave in NJ

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    I worked for Service Experts in Danbury CT, and was shocked how little propane was up there. I agree with DUAL FUEL set up.
    It's NOT the BRAND,it's the company that installs it!!!!!

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    just about all the 90 plus are quite and are all dependable
    with fuel holding guns to our heads with pricing what bald loonie siad would make sense. heat pump with gas backup

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    as most guys says, the install is thing to look at.. Right sized equipment, and ductworks.


    A sealed two pipe 90% system with variable speed will be good for quietness.


    With any system with variable speed, don't be afraid or cheap on the extended warranity.. Will be best money spent.

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    Originally posted by iago
    I would go with a lennox.
    Why?
    Government is a disease...
    ...masquerading as its own cure…
    Ecclesiastes 10:2 NIV


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    Originally posted by RoBoTeq
    Originally posted by iago
    I would go with a lennox.
    Why?
    If the contractor is good and the HO feels comfortable they will get a professional installation, then, why not?

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    Maiden, are you stalking me again? I already told you that I'm not interested.

    And why are you answering for other posters?
    Government is a disease...
    ...masquerading as its own cure…
    Ecclesiastes 10:2 NIV


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    I’ll tell you a secret. It is a free country, and you should know this being you are running for the presidency.

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