Rheem HP v Carrier Ultra High Eff Green Speed HP
We are getting rid of our 22 year old fuel oil furnace and 12 year old 5 ton Trane 1200 AC and replacing it with a heat pump and air handler becasue the furnace burner needs to be replaced. We have grown weary of fuel oil over the last 16 years.
I have it boiled down to two systems. Both systems are AHRI matched. Both installers are reputable, etc...We live in No. VA.
Rheem RQKL Prestige Series Heat Pump 15.5 SEER, 13 EER, 10.45 HSPF
Rheem Prestige RHKL Air handler.
Rheem programmable controller Model 213.
TOTAL installed job cost is ($9500.00)
Carrier Ultra-efficiency Green speed Intelligence variable speed Heat Pump system to include:
* 25VNA060A-Variable speed/capacity Heat Pump.
* FE4ANB006- Variable speed Air Handler.
* KFCEH3301C20- 20 Kw supplemental Heat.
* SYSTXCCUID01-V- Infinity thermostat/ User interface.
18.0 SEER, 12.7 EER and 12.0 HSPF
TOTAL installed job cost is ($11,377.00)
As I understand it, the Carrier HP is supposed to provide heat down to 0F. It is the cutting edge technology. But this system costs $2000 more. This appears to be new technology and I am hesitant to jump on the bandwagon of new systems untested for at least a few years in the real world.
Does anyone have any insight on the maintainence/ serviciability of the Carrier High Eff System?
Any info would help.