I have two 3 ton units. The XR 13 quote is $13,500 the XR 15 quote is $15,000. Is it worth the extra $1500 to upgrade? This is for the entire installation in new construction.
Other than the condensers, any other differences in equipment or install?
What air handlers are being quoted?
Location is coastal Florida, handler is TAM4OA36S31SA for the XR 13 and TAM7AOC36H31SA for the XR 15 system. Otherwise, everything is the same.
What thermostat was quoted?
What size heat strip?
To your question and I will assume you plan on being in this home for 10+ years, my advice would be the XR15 configuration especially taking into acct your location and that cooling is more important and has a longer season than heating.
$1500 is not a steal but it's not absurd either. Perhaps a little negotiating with contractor or dealer is called for. Ask him to sharpen his pencil. I would ask him to upgrade you at his cost difference plus 10% which would be more than fair. I assume the HVAC cost would be incorporated into the mortgage so relatively speaking the cost difference really is inconsequential.
Ductwork cost is over and above figures you listed?
As a rule of thumb and I know one has to be careful here, you would not
want to be over 10% HVAC cost of the cost of new home construction.
If you do elect the XR13, I would want the same VS Hyperion air handler quoted for the XR15.
Thanks very much for your response. All the duct work is included. What is better about the Hyperion handler?
Hyperion is Trane's relatively new line of air handlers. I have not seen any negative comments thus far.
I suggest you discuss with your dealer. I am also providing a link to the Trane website which is helpful.
Here is a link that might be useful: Trane Hyperion Air Handlers
I would say that XR15 is worth it at a $1,000 premium, given that you are in Florida, but $1,500 is steep and it will take a long time for you to recoup that investment. Consider whether you'd rather spend the money now on the upgrade or, given it's a new construction, throw it at the kitchen or the bedroom.
Here is a link that might be useful: HVAC Site
One or 2 units for $1500? My cousin is building a new home in Michigan. I think his premium for a single XR15 over XR13 was around $700. I suggested against it as the XR13 with the furnace he's getting is 14 SEER. 1 SEER point in MI isn't worth $700. May be in Florida though 1 point isn't much.
I normally agree with Baldloonie.
However the cooling season is much longer in Florida compared to Michigan.
Just My Opinion