Well, we were originally going to buy a fixer-upper but the house that we had our hearts set on went into a bidding war and we backed out. It was actually a blessing in disguise because we ended up finding a home that more than met our expectations and we now have a new love. Everything checked out on the house but the inspector didn't like the furnace so we had the sellers order an inspection and re-certification of the 30-year old furnace. It failed miserably, probably won't make it through the winter. The sellers offered to go 50/50 on a new furnace. We would've bought the house even if they said the furnace was as-is so we eagerly took them up on the offer. They did a little research and had a company do an estimate to install an American Standard Freedom 80 furnace.
I looked on AS's website and there are 4 different models of the Freedom 80 furnace. We don't know which one they were quoted for and today is Sunday so we won't be able to find out until tomorrow. They are semi-negotiable on the model but since they are moving out I can't imagine they want to drop a lot of money on an expensive furnace that they will never use. We are not at all opposed to spending a little bit more than our 50% share to make sure we get a good, effecient furnace that we will be happy with for a while. We know nothing about furnaces so thought we'd see if anybody here could advise us on what things we should really look into and what are unnecessary. Here's a link to the different features on the furnaces. The Freedom 80 is midway down on the page.
We are also wondering about the AccuClean Whole House Air Filter that is optional on these furnaces. Does anybody have any experience with these systems? We have a couple pets and he has really bad allergies so we are looking into paying a little extra to have them install the air filter along with the furnace. While we're on the subject, does anybody have experience with the add-on power humidifiers or AccuExchange energy recovery ventilator, (circulates fresh air into the house and helps with the efficiency of heating/cooling)?
Sorry for the long post and all the questions. We're calling the HVAC installers tomorrow to get pricing and find out exactly which model they had in mind. We have to give the sellers a reply by tomorrow nite but we were hoping to get a little bit more info on these systems before that. Anyway, thanks in advance for any help given.