Hybrid HVAC

sriguduriFebruary 21, 2013

We are in the process of collecting bids for our 4450 sft plus 1250 sft finished basement home. GC has quoted 2 hybrid high efficiency HVAC units with 15 seer rating at $30,000. Does this sound reasonable? To me as a layperson, this is getting into geothermal territory. I would appreciate members' input.

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fsq4cw

Reasonable or not, spec out what geothermal would cost to see the differential.

First costs are the lowest.

SR

    Bookmark   February 21, 2013 at 10:00AM
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tigerdunes

Replacement systems or for new construction that includes ductwork? Any zoning controls included?

What is location?

What is your cost/therm for nat gas and cost/kwh for electric? Because of the drop in nat gas prices, dual fuel has become a poor decision in many parts of the country.

Post back.

IMO

    Bookmark   February 21, 2013 at 10:07AM
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sriguduri

This is for a new construction including ductwork. Location is central Ohio. Cost of natural gas this winter is around $1.45/ccf and electricity about 7c/kwh.
As for zoning, I don't know the details but am going to get it. Thanks.

    Bookmark   February 21, 2013 at 11:55AM
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tigerdunes

Yep. DF would be an advantage.

You would want high eff var speed furnaces and high eff heat pumps.

Can't really say about pricing. Unfortunately, GCs like to use new HVAC as a large profit center.

IMO

    Bookmark   February 21, 2013 at 12:29PM
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tigerdunes

Dbl post.

Sorry

This post was edited by tigerdunes on Thu, Feb 21, 13 at 12:31

    Bookmark   February 21, 2013 at 12:30PM
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