Carrier is and has been the industry standard for heating and cooling products. Their air conditioning line alone is perhaps the most impressive on the market. Any Carrier air conditioner you might choose is one that will be as good, and in most cases better than comparable brands. Carrier has been the leader in air conditioning for over a hundred years. That is not a misprint. Carrier air conditioning has been the design, innovation and technology top dog for longer than a century. Give that some thought. Carrier has been building and refining air conditioners longer than radio has been broadcasting. I think this gives them the nod for continued excellence. Carrier brought residential air conditioning to the masses. During the decade of the 50’s, residential air conditioning became a primary component of Carrier as a whole. They continue to lead the charge into the 21st century. Carrier’s line of air conditioner were developed with the customer in mind. Currently, Carrier offers a tremendous line of air conditioners which include: The Comfort Series Air Conditioners, The Performance Series Air Conditioners and the Infinity Series Air Conditioners. All of them are geared to both customer comfort and price point. While there are many different features to the complete line of Carrier air conditioning products, all of them come with the Carrier name. And that name should give you confidence in choosing Carrier. That being said there are some differences in the Carrier lines. Let’s have a look at some of the distinctions between the Performance air conditioners and the Infinity Series. Before we go any further, there is a fundamental element in any air conditioning replacement.
No matter whether or not you go with the best air conditioner, like Carrier, the installation process is vitally important. Without qualified air conditioning installation, your serious investment can be severely compromised. Carrier qualified HVAC contractors and technicians are experts trained by the Carrier Factory. They go through a rigorous and continuing training program to be considered Carrier experts. Before choosing between the different line of Carrier products, first find a certified Carrier dealer to start the process and then finish with expert installation. Without this, any differences discussed between the Infinity and Performance Series is moot. Now, let’s have a look at what each of these fine Carrier air conditioning models offer. More than likely, the first thought when replacing an air conditioning system is cost. That is an honest train of thought. Frankly, the Infinity Series is more expensive than the Performance Series. However, choosing an air conditioner is based on far more than simply how much more expensive one model is. A big point of consideration has to be efficiency. As with the initial cost thought, energy savings are equally important. But how do we know what makes one air conditioner more efficient than its counterpart?
There are several indicators but the main would be the SEER rating. SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. Basically a SEER rating is simply a mathematic ratio. In fact, the SEER number is derived from the amount of cooling provided to the amount of energy consumed. Another way of representing this is the SEER ratio is how much cooling was performed divided by the energy consumed in Kilowatt hours. This equation is what gives an air conditioner it’s SEER rating. By the straight SEER numbers, the Infinity Series out performs the Performance Series. The Infinity Series has an average SEER of about 21 while the Performance Series comes in at an average of about 17 SEER. This is roughly a 20 percent difference at first glance. However, there needs to be some context here. Where you live has a lot to do with it. In certain area, energy costs are much more reasonable. If that is the case then a 17 SEER may be worth considering given the upfront costs. But, if you live in an area where energy costs are much higher, that added efficiency may be a far greater priority. The point being that each Carrier model is worth considering given the SEER rating and your circumstances. Additionally, a SEER rating is an average. This is much like the MPG rating on your car. If you have a really heavy foot, your car is not going to get near the mileage advertised as the average MPG. Efficiency is always an important aspect when considering an air conditioning replacement. But there is one more thing to consider before we leave the efficiency question.
The air conditioner that is being replaced probably has a SEER rating of like 10 or less. Simply replacing the old A/C with either the Performance or the Infinity will make a dramatic difference in energy costs. Another concern to take into account is the noise level generated by the air conditioner. To many homeowners, this is a real concern. Whether a bedroom is next to the A/C unit or the house isn’t very well insulated, noise can be a real factor. Again, by the measurables, the Infinity Series comes out on top. The Infinity comes in with a noise level of about 65 decibels. The Performance Series, on the other hand, comes in at around 72 decibels. But what does that actually mean? 65 decibels is about the noise level of a normal conversation within 3 to 5 feet. 72 is more in the range of the dial tone on your phone or a modern vacuum cleaner. Neither of these Carrier air conditioners is anything like that once omnipresent sound of a neighborhood on a hot summer day. However, if the babies room is next to the A/C then perhaps the difference in important. Again, it’s all about perspective and what is important to the individual homeowner. Efficiency and Noise are two of the most important considerations. However, reliability may trump them both. Fortunately, because we’re talking about Carrier, one can rest assured about the reliability of either choice. Once again, Carrier is the best of the best and reliability will not be a concern. Choosing between the Infinity and Performance Series ultimately comes down to the individual homeowners needs.