Impressed with Tempstar quote- do I really need a Carrier /Lennox
OK- now I'm totally confused!
Have been getting estimates for a new furnace (High efficiency to replace our 30+ year old Trane), and have decided to take advantage of Canadian gov't energy grants and with several thousand $$$ in rebates, also get a heat pump. We live in the Pacific NorthWest near Vancouver, BC, so fairly mild weather, but looking forward to the few searing hot days when the heat pump will provide air conditioning benefits.
Have had several installers and only one (the fellow from SEARS) gave us a complete heat loss calculator that is recommended on this forum. I was impressed by the knowledge and attitude of about half of the men I spoke with. The fellow who impressed us the most has convinced us to go with TempStar. I admit to feeling more comfortable with a 'brand name' like Carrier or Lennox, but not several thousand dollars worth more comfortable- which is what the difference in quotes is. The Tempstar T9MPVO75 F12H furnace is 92% efficient, has a variable speed blower and 2 stage operation and comes with a Lifetime warranty on the heat exchanger (have to admit I don't even know what this is) and a 10 year No Hassle Replacement Warranty. We are also getting the T4H436 GKD Heat Pump 14 Seer 2 stage with R410A coolant (not the R22) that comes with a 10 year warranty.
We are completely renovating our 30 year + home, and several thousand dollars in savings can go towards one of the bathrooms, or the new roof... Since we anticipate retiring and moving within 10 years, a 10 year warranty seems pretty good. Anyhow, does anyone actually know if a top of the line Tempstar is still 'poorer' quality than a Carrier? Seems to me most HVAC guys carry/deal with one or two lines, so how do they know what the others are really like?
The more I read- the more befuddled I become. Are many of these parts really being manufactured by one company and labelled X, Y, and Z as they leave the door?
Do I need to be concerned that I'm making a terrible mistake choosing Tempstar? Since from what I've read installation is so important...I feel very comfortable with the Tempstar installer- experienced and knowledgeable.