Hi! We have an older house (1920) with a great Rheem furnace from 1974. In our 20 years here, it's never given us any trouble. We replaced the thermocoupler (?) a few times. Heats very well. Quiet. Several HVAC guys have commented that it's sized very well for our house, which is small (1300sf.) We live in Northern Ohio and our highest gas bill the past 2 years was $320. We don't budget.
We don't have a/c and we're finally breaking down and getting it. With this $1500 tax credit, we thought we might as well replace the furnace.
But I'm worried about the quality of the new furnaces. It seems like every time we replace an appliance, like our dishwasher, refrigerator, washer, dryer...the new appliance is less quality. And we don't buy the cheap stuff, we tend to buy near the higher end.
We're looking at Lennox and Carrier and we're only getting quotes from companies we've heard good things about. I know the installation is key.