Seeking quietest furnace

casmithNovember 22, 2007

I'm getting bids on a 4 ton furnace that will be in a utility closet in a finished basement. I'm looking for the quietest possible unit.

We have bids from two reputable installers, one for a Rheem modulating, the other for a Carrier Infinity 96.

I'm in Portland, Oregon with fairly mild winters. It seems there is a chance that the Rheem modulating might generally keep the system at a lower fan speed than the Carrier, which would seem to keep things quiet.

On the other hand, the published sound rating is lower for the Carrier. (for what this is worth)

I've heard proponents of each system claiming that it is quiet, but not yet from anyone who has experience with both systems (and possibly others). I'd appreciate any advice.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Sound ratings don't mean a darn thing without a properly designed and installed duct system and no manufacturers claim has any control over that.

    Bookmark   November 22, 2007 at 4:50PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Just a thought on this quiet thing that seems to be on everyones priority list. You get a beautifully quiet furnace. Just perfect. You don't hear squat. You don't even know it is working. You leave one day and it actually
isn't working because you can't hear it to tell the difference. Then come home with most of your pipes frozen and the cat and dog cuddled up together to keep warm. Prime ex. my stat crapped out yesterday. couldn't hear the
relay click. Yes woke up with no heat.

    Bookmark   November 22, 2007 at 8:11PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I have installed both furnaces. Either one is very quiet. Both are sealed combustion units and can be enclosed in an insulated closet unless there is an atmospheric combustion appliance in the same room. I'm assuming the furnace will be installed with 2 vent pipes. The Rheem unit has the capability of running at lower Btu inputs and will be quieter during mild outdoor temperatures.

    Bookmark   November 22, 2007 at 10:21PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
auxiliary heat vs. emergency heat
Greetings, I have a Bryan Evoltion Control heat pump...
Propane furnace
I am considering replacing propane furnace & A/C...
$10,000 for a Furnace and A/C? Seems pricey....
Hello, So we bought our house a bit over a year ago...
Insulating floor on my raised home in Louisiana.
We recently installed solar panels on our home. We...
Navian condensing combi, good or bad?
Hi, I am looking into converting from oil to gas and...
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™