I couldn't find a photo online of it with a human (or a large forest cat) next to it, so here's shot of it with it's board [ahem] exposed:
And in case you still doubt it has a variable speed compressor, here's a cut-away:
[fist pumps; high fives]
The builder was concerned that the unit was so big that it would have to be moved to the back yard; however, the architects designed a nifty little (big, actually) place to put the unit:
Given that the house moved over a foot, there's 11 feet by 10.5 feet area for it. Plenty of space.
So here are the (paraphrased) answers to the questions I had:
"oops! Should only be an ERV."
"Can get a deal on them."
"I'll get you that."
[forgot to ask this; will ask after researching the Honeywell.]
"Zones? What zones?" [will put three in]
"What you wanted."
"18; less because it's a bigger unit; bigger the unit, lower the SEER."
"Depends what you want; can do one thermostat with two distant temperature sensors."
"Like to put a vent in the laundry." [cool]
[forgot to ask]
At the end of the meeting, the builder said "The typical homeowner doesn't really care about this stuff." He then patted me on the back: "You are not the typical homeowner."
The other thing I learned at the meeting was that the framing sub tore his Achilles playing squash over the weekend. He had surgery yesterday. The builder said that he was still directing activity on site, but that progress would be slower...
post within a post!
With the bride out of town on bidness and me with a late-ish meeting this evening, I wasn't able to get out to the house during daylight and nearly didn't go due to the expected lack of progress. Regardless, I went and was surprisingly greeted with a nearly completed second story. With damp soil beneath my feet, a sickle moon hung above, and the blistering brightness of the neighbors' flood lights, I savored the first feel of the nearly complete volume of the house.
Paint thinner couldn't have taken the smile off my face.