Efficiency rating on the Carrier infinity 21 series

Carrier HVAC is not simply the global leader in heating and cooling products.  Carrier invented air conditioning. That would indicate Carrier’s standards and principles are strong enough to have lasted well over a century.  The Carrier name has been synonymous with HVAC for the last 70 years. They created the residential HVAC market. Well, to take that one step further, Carrier invented what we consider modern air conditioning.  That is an impressive background. Willis Carrier and a small group of engineers came up with a design in 1902 that would become the world’s first commercial air conditioner. Though they started it all in upstate New York, it wasn’t very long before they had their very first factory in New Jersey.  From there, the landscape was changed for how the country did business.

The advent of air conditioning revolutionized everything from manufacturing to the food industry. But, Carrier didn’t stop there. While the focus remained on HVAC cooling for commercial applications, the innovation continued at the factory.  By the 1950’s, Carrier began to create a brand new HVAC market. Through technology and innovation, Carrier was able to develop a residential line of air conditioning for everyday homeowners. Another transformative period for the country which was due to HVAC. Very quickly, areas which had formerly been too hot to successfully develop were now sprawling with growth.  The very landscape of the country was changed by Carrier’s residential air conditioning. Entire regions which had been viewed negatively were suddenly becoming very attractive.

People could now enjoy the weather while having a counterbalance of a refreshingly cool home. Some 60 years later, it is pretty stunning to think of all the lives that have been affected through Carrier’s innovations.  Carrier has a global footprint now. While the main motivation is customer care and comfort, Carrier has been committed to embracing efficiency for the betterment of the planet. Carrier’s responsibility is to provide the best product line available while decreasing the impact air conditioning has on our planet. This pledge is clearly recognizable in the Infinity line of air conditioners. These are some of the most technically advanced air conditioner to be found on the HVAC market.  The Infinity series provides several fundamental features which make Carrier and this series of air conditioners the leader in the industry. The best examples of this are the excellent SEER numbers for the Infinity series. Most of us have seen the SEER rating stamped on the HVAC condenser and compressor cabinet outside next to our house. If not, SEER is hard to miss in advertising for any new HVAC units.

But what makes one SEER number better than another? This can be a complicated question so we’ll dive into that for a bit.  SEER is an acronym for “Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio”. While this SEER number is called a rating in the industry, it is actually a ratio. It’s a ratio of the cooling output of an air conditioner over an average cooling season divided by the actual energy consumed in kilowatt hours. Really, a SEER rating is more like a frame of reference for the actual efficiency of a particular model of air conditioning. The higher the SEER number the more efficient. But, even that can be a bit misleading. SEER numbers are based on the average of a simulated cooling season with varying degrees of heat.  SEER is certainly an important factor but it is still an industry wide average. Most modern air conditioners normally have a SEER rating of about 13 or 14 but those number can rise to a maximum of between 21 and 25 SEER. A 25 SEER is about the most efficient model of air conditioner on the market today. Carrier’s Infinity air conditioners range from 14.5 to 21 SEER. Given each individual customer’s needs, the Infinity series has a model with a SEER rating to match.

At first glance, one would think that the higher the SEER rating, the more energy savings. While this idea is accurate, for the most part, it still isn’t precise.  Another perspective may be helpful to get a more complete view of SEER ratings. Think about the car in the driveway. When you purchased that car it had a MPG rating on the sticker price. The more MPG, the more gas saved and that means more money saved. Now, if you drive your car like a race car driver, that MPG is not going to be what it said on the sticker when you bought the car. The same principle applies when thinking about a SEER rating. Just because a homeowner buys an HVAC cooling unit with a very high SEER number, it’s the way they use that air conditioner that will be the ultimate factor in how much money is actually saved in energy costs.  There is another dynamic to consider in the SEER and efficiency equation. Most of the HVAC units being replaced probably have a SEER rating between 8 and 10.  So, upgrading to even a 14.5 rating is going to be a significant jump in efficiency.

While the SEER rating is very important, it needs to come with some perspective as well.  This will enable the homeowner to find the very best match for their family and their home. The most important influencer of efficiency for the Infinity air conditioner is how a homeowner uses it.  Carrier provides integrated management with the Infinity Touch control system. It is far more than a simple thermostat. Actually, it might be more accurate to state that pairing the Infinity Touch with the Infinity HVAC unit unlocks the Infinity series efficiency potential.  The Infinity Touch manages the ventilation, humidity control, air quality and air flow in the home. It can even provide up to 8 customizable zones for individualized comfort. Carrier has brought its tradition of innovation excellence through technology to yet another award winning series of air conditioning products.  And, as always, Carrier will continue to be a leader in HVAC efficiency.

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