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    Default Help Needed - HVAC Recommendations

    I'm in the process of replacing two residential HVAC units and would like to know what is the most reliable brands on the market today.

    The two current units are 3-ton single speed units with gas furnaces.

    I've been researching the Carrier Infinity line as well as the Trane XL20i. I chose to research these solely based on makes/models I saw on a couple of very expensive homes for sale in the Atlanta area (in the millions to be exact).

    The afternoon sun (1:00 PM to sunset) shines on the side of the property that has 20 large panels of glass (double-pane).

    My budget is roughly $25K for both units. If it needs to be higher, then it will be higher.

    While I am open to any/all makes/models, I am looking for high-end recommendations.

    Thanks in advance.
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    Disclaimer: I don't work in residential, but I have worked in the trade for 10+ years, so I'll try to guide you as best I can.

    1st of all, it's a good thing your budget is that much, because to get the most out of a high SEER system, it requires a good distribution system. That's referred to as 'air balalncing'. A high SEER rating won't mean jack ****e, if the air is not flowing correctly.

    I'd recommend looking through the yellow pages for co.'s that specialize in balancing ONLY, and arrange an audit of what's in the house, versus what you need, for a high SEER system. The reason for an independent analysis, is to ensure your getting the truth/ facts. They should be certified by NCI, or another accredited balancing body.
    They should be able to provide a percentage of the efficiency of your current systems, and make recommendations on what should be addressed. It may be as simple as taking a roll of FOIL tape, and fixing some leaking joints.

    Depending on the age of the house, you may be looking at adding, replacing or moving some ductwork.

    As to high end brands, the 4 big ones are Carrier, Trane, York and Lennox.
    The lower tiered brands are ICP, Heil, Tempstar, Bryant, Payne, Goodman, Amana.
    You may have to settle for the more affordable brands, if the energy audit gives you a low percentage, as you may need that $$$ for ductwork corrections.

    One more thing; I'd recommend getting(if you haven't already) a programmable thermostat, specifically the Honeywell Focus Pro 6000.

    Good luck
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    All very good suggestions and sound advice.

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    Went through this a couple years ago also on the budget end if you look at Trane might as well by American standard all the same---less doe
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    Thanks obieone for the advice.

    We had a home energy audit that revealed several issues that have been taken care of that included minor balancing adjustments by a separate company that specializes in this.

    I have received several quotes from HVAC Factory Authorized Dealers (Carrier/Trane & York); looks like my budget is in line with the quoted costs.


    Quote Originally Posted by obieone View Post
    Disclaimer: I don't work in residential, but I have worked in the trade for 10+ years, so I'll try to guide you as best I can.

    1st of all, it's a good thing your budget is that much, because to get the most out of a high SEER system, it requires a good distribution system. That's referred to as 'air balalncing'. A high SEER rating won't mean jack ****e, if the air is not flowing correctly.

    I'd recommend looking through the yellow pages for co.'s that specialize in balancing ONLY, and arrange an audit of what's in the house, versus what you need, for a high SEER system. The reason for an independent analysis, is to ensure your getting the truth/ facts. They should be certified by NCI, or another accredited balancing body.
    They should be able to provide a percentage of the efficiency of your current systems, and make recommendations on what should be addressed. It may be as simple as taking a roll of FOIL tape, and fixing some leaking joints.

    Depending on the age of the house, you may be looking at adding, replacing or moving some ductwork.

    As to high end brands, the 4 big ones are Carrier, Trane, York and Lennox.
    The lower tiered brands are ICP, Heil, Tempstar, Bryant, Payne, Goodman, Amana.
    You may have to settle for the more affordable brands, if the energy audit gives you a low percentage, as you may need that $$$ for ductwork corrections.

    One more thing; I'd recommend getting(if you haven't already) a programmable thermostat, specifically the Honeywell Focus Pro 6000.

    Good luck
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