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

First costs are the lowest.


    Bookmark   February 21, 2013 at 10:00AM
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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.

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    Bookmark   February 21, 2013 at 10:07AM
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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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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.


    Bookmark   February 21, 2013 at 12:29PM
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Dbl post.


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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