13 or 15 seer - please indulge me!
I know this has been discussed, but, in my home reno, my HVAC contractor wants to install 2.5 ton Goodman, and the 13 seer is about $800 less than the 15 seer. That's not much but when doing a complete reno with costs everywhere, it's a lot. My little house,1200 sf. has large overhangs so I don't worry about summertime/sun heat, and I plan to use a small woodstove in the winter. I'm in Western NC, the foothills (warmer than Asheville, not as hot as Charlotte). Plus, in a few years, I'm probably for sure going solar. SO, is it really worth the extra for the 15 seer? HVAC guy says the warranty is better... advice, please. (And I know there are Goodman detractors out there - have one now for 10 years and it's been great). Also, I'm getting new low-e argon windows, new to-code insulation, and all new duct work. THANKS!