Samsung vs. Fujitsu Ducted Heat Pump
Hi Everyone. I’ve been perusing the site for a while now after purchasing a 1902 house in northern coastal CA (Eureka) a year ago. I appreciate the wealth of knowledge and free flow of information here.
The house is well built but in need of a lot of work. We’re trying to do a lot all at once, so have multiple parallel projects ongoing, including solar, mechanicals, weather sealing, crawl space encapsulation, landscaping and interior bathroom/kitchen renovations.
We have seized on an opportunity through our local electric utility to install solar and be part of a community solar grid. The solar system (17kwh) is being installed this week, and will allow us to sell energy back to the grid. We are using this shift as an opportunity to decarbonize in an economical manner and so will be replacing an old gas furnace and old gas water heater with heat pumps. After that I will be encapsulating the crawl space.
My question is regarding hvac system options. The house is single story, 1500 sq ft, 3B2ba, original single pane sash, post on pier construction, over a skirted crawl space, with a large attic. It is currently poorly sealed, but I will be working over time on sealing it to Pretty Good House levels, including air sealing, crawl space encapsulation, exterior storms on original windows, insulation in some walls that are currently down to studs, and maybe one day exterior insulation/air barrier and rain screen when we replace the asbestos siding. Our climate is cool humid, with really no need for cooling. It rarely gets above 73F, and rarely below 40F. 99% heating temp is 28F. Humidity and mold are an issue in general around here. We will also have an efficient Blaze king stove insert for auxiliary heat.
I am in discussion with a local hvac co about the installation, and he is recommending a 3 ton Samsung ducted system with a multi position air handler. Model #:
AC036BXADCH/AA outdoor unit. Ac036KNZDCH/AA indoor unit.
I have heard good things here about the Fujitsu ducted mini split systems, and he says he can do a Fujitsu system for the same price, but is not a dealer for Fujitsu so is less knowledgeable. I’m not sure what Fujitsu model he would spec, but I’ve been looking into
- For Single Zone (AOU24RGLX)
- (1) Fujitsu – 24k BTU – Multi-Position Air Handler – Single Zone (AMUG24LMAS)
ARU24RGLX with AOU24RGLX
Given all of that, is there any benefit to Samsung over Fujitsu or vice versa? (Mitsubishi is out of the question due to King lead times)
Thanks so much for your advice
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