My furnace went out and I have two very reasonable quotes. However, i’m having trouble making a couple decisions due to varying information and could really use some help!
The top two floors of my house are about 3400 sqr ft, I have a 1200 ft basement that I rarely use but may finish down the road. My current furnace that went out was a 80,000 BTU Lennox Pulse. I had one guy tell me if I want to finish my basement I should upgrade to a 100,000 BTU furnace – and yet another guy said that 80,000 BTU is still sufficient for my home.
1. Should I go with the more costly 100,000 BTU???
Secondly, the $3500 quote was for a Lennox Armstrong. This is a good name brand and I know they have an excellent reputation. My second quote was for approximately $2500 and this is for a temp-star 100,000 BTU furnace. Temp-star is not as well known, and reviews I’ve seen online indicate they have poor customer service. The Lennox comes with a 10 year parts warranty – the Temp-Star I have to buy an extended warranty that will go to 5 years which will cost approximately an extra $350. They are both a 95% efficiency furnace and would qualify for the energy efficiency tax credit.
2. Is it worth paying more to get a Lennox furnace? Or is a Temp-Star really just as good?
Lastly, one HVAC guy is telling me I should install a heat pump which will pay for itself in 5 years because it makes your gas furnace run less and is more energy efficent. The other HVAC guy is telling me I do NOT need a heat pump – that heat pumps are more for people who have electric or propane heating. He says gas is cheaper than electric and it would be cheaper for me to run my gas furnace than a heat pump. He added that heat pumps go out in 12-17 years and often require extra servicing and isn’t worth it in the long run.
3. Is a heat pump a good investment?
Thanks so much for your help! My house is officially down to 58 degrees today and I need to make a decision soon… but I know so little about this stuff it’s been overwhelming.
Thanks for all your input – I also should have mentioned with the larger furnace, I need to have a new flu ran out the side of my house (my current one goes through the roof and isn’t larger enough to accomindate the newer furnaces)