Re: Sure, they're more efficient, but how's the quality?
its a good move to research the product your about to buy, its the only way to get your moneys worth, shop around. talk to builders and heating contractors as opposed to salesman. the contractors will be more likely to give you an honest opinion as to which brand because a more reliable model means less callbacks for them which is money out of pocket for them early on and money out of pocket for you long term
as for appliances being lesser quality as of late. this seems to be the trend as of late for more than just appliances. fine homebuilding did a article related to the perks of being green. basically it talked about benefits of recycling and using green products, but they gave a major strike on the issue of recycled products are of lower quality than raw materials. ive noticed this with even every day items such as food containers. the plastic is from recycled material but their only good for 6 months, i have the same thing from 5 years ago which is in better condition than one i bought 2 months ago.
fire up the saw and make some dust