Furnace for a lake house
I've been reading through posts and haven't been able to info on heating a part time residence. Help :)
We need to get a new furnace for our lake house. We are there very infrequently in the winter (maybe one weekend every two months). We set the heat to around 45-50 degrees.
We have spoken to a contractor and he suggested that we need a lower efficiency heater b/c of the temperature that we set the thermostat to. He suggested an 80% efficiency. Does that make sense? This is a lower efficiency than what we currently have.
Next question . . . the honest, ethical folks at American Home Shield (AHS) - snicker - are telling us that they can replace our 100,000 BTU furnance with a Payne 100,000 BTU for $300. They want to cash us out because our contractor said that 100,000 BTU is too big for our house and recommended an 80,000 BTU unit. Obviously AHS wants to spend as little as possible, and our contractor said that Payne furnances are not good. Can AHS really buy a 100,000 BTU furnance for $300? Seems like they are trying to rip us off (not surprising based on the amount of complaints that I found online about AHS).
The home is in Wisconsin. The 80,000 BTU 80% efficiency Trane furncance that our contractor recommended will cost about $1200. So, we will have to pay about $900 out of pocket.
Thanks in advance for any advice/help.