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My small 1BR apartment has an old gas furnace that works great, but costs my landlord too much to insure. He plans to install gas forced air, an in-unit upright furnace. I'd love to suggest a comparably priced alternative that will make less noise. What's out there?

edit: Maybe a few self-contained baseboard heaters and\or quartz infrared heaters could do the trick, for a small enough place? Mine is only about 700 sq ft. A similar unit in the building got a Rheem Criterion II gas furnace, so (@HerrBag) I'm afraid 90% may be overly optimistic.

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    you might mosey by the local Rheem dealer and mention your concerns. That model does have a multi speed blower. It might be inquired whether the max speed can be limited during installation. That model also has a constant fan setting, that is usually very slow and quiet. – HerrBag May 15 '13 at 14:31
  • Interesting. Maybe my neighbor's is malfunctioning, or maybe these things belong in larger apartments and out-of-the-way closets. – noam May 15 '13 at 19:37
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The multi-stage burners are much quieter at low burn, as are multi speed/variable speed blower motors. These features are available for most 90% and higher furnaces.

A nice co-generation water heater (hot water for heat and a super storage unit for potable hot water) would be very quiet, but conversions costs to add radiators would not likely fly.

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