If price equal, any reason not to go HP vs. AC?
Living in northeast Ohio, looking for a new system (old compressor shorted out.) Getting quotes now.
Right now, there are decent rebates on certain better HP units and additional incentives ($400) from the electric company. Including rebates/incentives, the price of the 2-stage 16+ SEER HP is about equal to the price of a 2-stage 16+ SEER AC unit.
My question: With prices equal (or nearly so), is there any reason to NOT go the HP route? In our case (NE Ohio, pretty cold winters,) we're planning to pair with a high-efficiency multi-stage or modulation furnace (don't know if that makes a difference in the answer or not.) Since we don't have a crystal ball to know what electric/gas rates will be 5 years from now, we like having options on heating.