We just had the furnance installed this week and it is super quiet and powerful. So far I'm really happy with. Also be sure that you get a GOOD thermostat with the furnance becase since it is a two stage it really should have one that truly offers two stage from the thermostat. It will work without one, but it only kicks on the 2nd stage after a preset time. The heat pump wasn't an option since we are in ohio. So far so good and as far as price.. well we had several estimates and Amana was the very competetive in price and the 10 yr warranty was a big factor in the decision. Our company offered it to be tranferrable with the sale of the house.. Get everything in writing of course. Good Luck.