Hi, Gang. Well, the previous posts have helped me narrow down our replacement furnaces selection. We will be using a two furnace set-up (have had two furnaces since the house was built 25 years ago, and like that set-up.) Our new unit #1 will be high efficiency, two-stage, with multiple speed blower(but not variable speed). The second furnace also handles the air conditioning for the house, but doesn't run very often in the heating mode during the winter. For furnace #2, we're going with 80% efficiency, single-stage, with multiple speed blower (but not variable speed).
I have quotes from the local Lennox dealer and from the Bryant dealer. The Bryant units give me a longer parts and labor warranty, and their high efficiency unit is 93% vs. 90% percent for the Lennox. I also think the Bryant furnaces might be quieter, but am not certain of this. However, the Lennox two-furnace set-up would be about $800 cheaper than the Bryant two-furnace installation.
Any ideas on why the big difference in pricing, since the furnace specs are largely "apples to apples"? Are there any other factors to consider between these two brands, something I'm missing like overall quality or frequency of repair or whatever? I'd appreciate any input that would help me make a final decision. Thanks, John in Wisconsin