Bryant vs Rheem
I am replacing my whole system and have received multiple quotes. The two best are Bryant and Rheem:
Both systems are priced at $9000 USD
Bryant #987MA60080V21 (78k BTU) fully modulating 97% efficient gas fired forced air furnace with an ECM blower motor
Bryant #186BNA036 single stage Evolution condensing unit with a 16.5 SEER
Bryant #CNPVP4324ALA insulated, cased evaporator coil.
Bryant #SYSTXBBUID01C Evolution control.
Honeywell external 4" filter rack
(Optional: Bryant Perfect Air Purifier #GAPAXXBB2025 for and additional $850.00)
Rheem #RGFG09ERS (90k BTU) modulating 95% gas furnace
rheem 14ajm36 single stage up to 16 seer
Rheem RCQD3621 coil
New modulating thermostat
(assumed similar air filter)
(Optional: Clean Effects Air Cleaner: $995)
On consumer reports, the Bryant rates 8% (fewer repairs) compared to Rheem at 10%, plus the Bryant efficiency is better for the furnace.
The Rheem installer told me he may "throw in" a new AprilAir powered humidifier worth $500 but I may be able to use my older model already in place so it is a wash.
Which system is better?
Are these good prices?
Are the add-on electrostatic air clearers worth the extra $$$ ?
The Evolution condensing unit on the Bryant is actually an upgrade compared to their legacy condensor. The only difference I can see is the noise is reduced - but it is worth extra $300?