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Old 01-27-2010, 09:30 AM   #1
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I am a newbie to the site and have become addicted to all the forums. Before I forget I want to thank everyone for taking the time to post answers and alternative ideas to the DIY's of the world. I have learned a ton from you all.

Now the "meat" of my post!!! My wife and I are building a new house and have been researching the different HVAC options. We are outside city limits so our options are all electric or propane. We have decided on a heat pump with a secondary heat source of propane. We have a supplier that was pushing York up until this week then through in an option for Armstrong. Our house is about 3000 sq ft and is 2 story. They have figured 95% efficient equipment from York and 14 seer a/c units. The Armstrong unit is around 93% efficient and 14 seer. About all I know about Armstrong is that they are made by Lennox. Also after doing some googling I have seen several complaints about Armstrong equipment. I am open to suggestions if anyone can give me some pros and cons of either brand.

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Old 01-27-2010, 03:16 PM   #2
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Is it a 14SEER York outdoor unit. Or is it an outdoor unit that will get 14 SEER with teh right indoor coil and blower?

14 SEER will have an on demand defrost board, which is a good thing. 13 SEER will have a time and temp defrost board, which isn't a good thing.

Should post model numbers of equipment. In order for us to know if your comparing apples to apples.

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Armstrong has been around for 25 yrs or more and got bought out by Lennox but is run as a second tier line for them. Lennox heat pumps and furnaces are a higher grade than the Armstrong and you may want to inquire about them. You may want to check with your local electric company if there are rebates for higher efficiency heat pumps. One of our posters is selling LOTS of 19 SEER XP Lennox heat pumps as there are some pretty good rebates and deals from Lennox AND some utilities now.
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Old 01-27-2010, 08:30 PM   #4
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Get some more bids on other brands too. 95% AFUE gets a tax credit,30% of the cost up to $1500. As Yuri stated you just might be able to get a high SEER HP and a 95% furnace for a few hundred more with all the rebates and credits available right now. If your electric company sweetens the pot like ours does then it's actually cheaper to get the high end HP then the mid eff.

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These are the units we are comparing at this time. I really like the HVAC guy that we are using but just want some input from other knowledgeable people as well. The prices are virtually the same on our quote. Locally there have been some people having issues with some of the York models and that is the reason for the comparison.

York Model TG9S100C16MP11 Furnace
York Model YHJD060S41S1 Heat Pump

Armstrong G1D93BU090D16C Furnace
Armstrong 4SHP13LE142 Heat Pump

In regards to the tax credit for higher efficiency, does that only pertain to upgrading existing systems or does it apply to new home installs as well?

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York Model TG9S100C16MP11 Furnace
York Model YHJD060S41S1 Heat Pump
A 5 ton A/C on a furnace with a 4 ton blower?

Armstrong G1D93BU090D16C Furnace
Armstrong 4SHP13LE142 Heat Pump

In regards to the tax credit for higher efficiency, does that only pertain to upgrading existing systems or does it apply to new home installs as well?

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Existing construction.

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