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Old 09-02-2010, 08:52 PM   #1
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I know the differences, but wanted to know your opinion.

Trane XR95 (4speed single stage) or Trane xv95 (variable double stage)

The xv95 is $1100.00 more

The advantages of the double stage seem to be insignificant = more comfort, less power useage when running at 66%)

I live in Canada, and figure I'll need it to run at 100% anyway...looking fo you opinions...

Thanks!

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Old 09-02-2010, 09:14 PM   #2
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That sounds like a lot of price difference but it's not. Over the life of the furnace it works out to a buck a month. Pretty reasonable for increased comfort IMO.

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Old 09-02-2010, 09:41 PM   #3
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I know the differences, but wanted to know your opinion.

Trane XR95 (4speed single stage) or Trane xv95 (variable double stage)

The xv95 is $1100.00 more

The advantages of the double stage seem to be insignificant = more comfort, less power useage when running at 66%)

I live in Canada, and figure I'll need it to run at 100% anyway...looking fo you opinions...

Thanks!
Oddly enough, I have the same exact question! I live in Seattle. My HVAC vendor want's $1000 more for the XV95 vs. the XR95

Also, I got two estimates. One HVAC dealer says I need a 60k btu unit...the other guy, 80k btu...can anyone suggest how I can get a true way to figure out what is really need? The house is 2300 sq ft.
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Do a heat loss/load calculation:Load Calculator

The 2 stage furnace is better in the spring and fall when it does not need to go to high fire as much. Overall it is a LOT quieter and more comfortable but more expensive to repair. Has a more powerful blower which can give you much better AC flow. If you run the fan continuous it costs very little and can even out temp swings in upstairs or further away rooms which is a feature lots of people really enjoy.
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Do a heat loss/load calculation:Load Calculator

The 2 stage furnace is better in the spring and fall when it does not need to go to high fire as much. Overall it is a LOT quieter and more comfortable but more expensive to repair. Has a more powerful blower which can give you much better AC flow. If you run the fan continuous it costs very little and can even out temp swings in upstairs or further away rooms which is a feature lots of people really enjoy.
I want to make the best choice, but I can't see the benefit of the higher priced furnace.

I know it has advantages, but they seem to be small advantages?
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I want to make the best choice, but I can't see the benefit of the higher priced furnace.

I know it has advantages, but they seem to be small advantages?
I have installed several two st VS 90plus furnaces. VS motor is worth the difference alone as it will cost less to run than a 4 spd blower.
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Oddly enough, I have the same exact question! I live in Seattle. My HVAC vendor want's $1000 more for the XV95 vs. the XR95

Also, I got two estimates. One HVAC dealer says I need a 60k btu unit...the other guy, 80k btu...can anyone suggest how I can get a true way to figure out what is really need? The house is 2300 sq ft.
Unless you have six inch insulation in the walls and super tight triple pane windows than go with the 80k. Best thing to do is a manual J calc.
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The 2 stage VS will provide greater comfort in both the milder temp day, and the days that you are at your coldest.
By running in first stage much of the time. It may allow you to set your thermostat to a cooler temp, with you still feeling as warm and comfortable as you did with your old furnace at a higher temp setting.

This of course is if its sized right, not over sized.

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