HTP Phoenix Light Duty paired with Lifebreath Clean Air Furnace (downdraft)
I want to replace the atmospheric water heater (interior to my house) with sealed combustion. I also wanted to replace the 80% furnace that sits right beside the WH interior to the house. I learned early from GBA that inside combustion is to be avoided.
Fast forward…I am looking at the HTP Phoenix Light Duty + Lifebreath CAF (downdraft). I am in the Seattle, WA area in a 1950’s rambler.
1. Does this seem like a smart solution? Would you recommend other configurations to consider? I did not see much on downdraft air handlers…are these generally site-built? I have existing forced air ductwork, but no need for A/C.
2. Any leads on a good consultant or installer in the Seattle area? Of course the companies that deal with HTP and Lifebreath are different and I am really concerned about installer experience and warranty support.
3. I am about to get the unconditioned attic air sealed and insulated and I was hoping to get any new PVC venting installed before that work gets done.
4. I read some stuff online about a problematic install for a Westinghouse-branded HTP unit down in the SF Bay Area. Any word on the street regarding Westinghouse vs HTP. The big box store has the Westinghouse-branded units on sale this month.
I also have a 15K BTU Mitsubishi ductless, but getting family complaints about cold rooms. Keeping doors open is not enough. The air sealing and insulation may get it to the point where the ductless will be sufficient, but I need to change the water heater soon regardless.
Thanks for any help/insight!
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