Thanks to Eugene in Burlington, Vermont for passing along the information on the Carrier Comfort 95 gas furnace he recently had installed. We’ve added the info to our database and this post will be included in our growing cache of HVAC Prices articles that help us all learn from the experience of others.
“We’ve got a 2,740 square foot log cabin here with roughly 2,000 on the main floor with the rest in an open loft. I met with 3 different contractors about the job and got 3 very different recommendations and estimates. Even though I’m a “Carrier guy” since they’ve always served me well, salesman #1 was convinced I needed a Trane XC95. I’ve researched that furnace and it sounds great, but too pricey. He wouldn’t let it go so I let him go! Sales dude #2 thought I should go cheap and save money with a Goodman 80% AFUE model, which really surprised me. Turns out the guy’s from the south and hasn’t had to pay Vermont winter utility bills and doesn’t know how quickly a high efficiency furnace pays for itself. I was starting to feel like Goldilocks, looking for the furnace in the middle that was just right, and salesman #3, sales gal actually, delivered. She recommended the Carrier Comfort 95 gas furnace and said it offers rock-solid performance at a very affordable price. Her quote was $1,250 for the unit and $2,100 for installation/removal of old furnace. I gave her some grief about the install price but she stuck to her guns discussing the challenges the crew would face in our cramped, 60-year old basement with a 7-foot ceiling. She won me over and I signed the contract. It took 2 really sharp guys 2 long days to get it installed, adjusted and running smoothly and by the end of the second day I was feeling like I got a bargain. I think it’s the best $3,350 I’ve spent since I bought my 1965 Mustang – in ’65!
Details of the Carrier Comfort 95 gas furnace
Up to 95% AFUE, 96,000 Btu
Standard programmable thermostat
Multi-speed blower (ComfortFan)
Stainless steel primary and secondary heat exchangers
Sealed combustion chamber
10-year warranty on everything
Before I end this I’d say know basically what you want and how much you want to spend before you have sales people in to give you their “recommendations” i.e. sales pitches. Get at least 3 bids and work with a qualified contractor you trust and know you can call if any questions or problems arise.”