Carrier air conditioners have a storied history of innovation. Being that Carrier invented the air conditioner, this shouldn’t come as any great surprise. Carrier was formed by a small group of engineers in upstate New York. That group was led by Willis Carrier and he submitted the plans for the very first air conditioner in 1902. That first air conditioner did a great deal to pave the way for boosting a soon to be robust economy. However, as the decades went by, Carrier focused more and more on the residential side of the air conditioning equation. The 1950’s saw Carrier bring the air conditioner to a much larger number of American homes. Their innovation in air conditioning technology allowed for suburbs to sprout in areas of the country previously thought to be too hot to live in. This leap in residential air conditioning technology changed the actual landscape of many regions in our country. When you consider the global effect of Carrier’s design innovation, the numbers of people living far more comfortably is staggering. Carrier continues this same pedigreed reputation for technological advancement with the Infinity Series of air conditioners. The Infinity air conditioners are some of the most technically advanced air conditioners on the planet. There are several fundamental features which make Carrier and the Infinity Series the leader in the industry. For example, let’s look at the SEER rating.
We have all probably seen a SEER rating stamped on an outside air conditioner cabinet or in advertising for the latest air conditioning systems. But what is a SEER rating actually? SEER stands for “Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio”. It is not actually a rating at all which is a fairly common misconception. The SEER rating is the actual ratio of the cooling output of an air conditioner over an average cooling season, divided by the actual energy consumed in Kilowatt hours. The SEER rating is more a frame of reference for the efficiency of a particular model of air conditioning. The lower the number, the less efficient that air conditioner is on average. It should be noted that SEER ratings are the average based on a simulated cooling season with varying degrees of heat. So, while SEER is an important factor, it is still an industry average. Modern air conditioners usually have a SEER rating of about 13 or 14 but can rise to a maximum level of between 21 and 25 SEER. A 25 SEER is about the most efficient model of air conditioner on the market today. The Carrier Infinity Series has a range of SEER ratios from 14.5 to 21 SEER. Depending on a homeowners particular air conditioning needs, the Infinity System has a model with a SEER rating to match. The obvious thought is the higher the SEER rating, the more energy savings. This is true to some extent. However, this can also be a bit misleading. Consider the car you drive. It has an MPG rating. The higher the MPG rating, the more gas saved and subsequently more money in your pocket. However, if you drive your car like a stock car legend, you will experience far less MPG.
This principle applies when considering a SEER rating. Just because a person buys an air conditioner with a very high SEER rating, the way they use that air conditioner is the ultimate factor in how much money is saved in energy costs. Consider something else when thinking about a SEER rating. Many of us have outdated air conditioners that are still running and cooling our homes. Most of these older air conditioners have a SEER rating of about 8 or 9. This is significantly lower than their modern A/C counterparts. So, upgrading to just the essential Infinity model would bring that SEER rating up to nearly 15. That jump in SEER number is quite significant and will bring a very welcome energy savings. The SEER number is very important but so is perspective when it comes to replacing an air conditioner. The Infinity Series has additional features outside of the SEER rating which perform cost savings on a daily basis. The Infinity Series of Carrier air conditioners employs something called Microtube Technology. This sounds a bit too shop talkish but the technology employed really provides a difference. Carrier’s Microtube technology is well named because it is referring to the actual size of the tubing of the coil inside the indoor and outdoor units. Through innovation, Carrier has been able to reduce the size of the copper tubing thus reducing the amount of refrigerant. The less refrigerant used, the less waste and increased energy efficiency. Carrier makes one of the smallest copper tube-aluminum fin technologies. This also allows for the reduction in the size of the air conditioning units. However, perhaps the biggest influencer of efficiency for the Infinity air conditioners is how it is used. The management of these air conditioners can greatly enhance the efficiency levels.
Carrier provides just such integrated management with the Infinity Touch control system. This is the thermostat to beat all thermostats with regard to this line of Carrier air conditioners. You might even say that combining the Infinity Touch thermostat with the Infinity air conditioner uncorks the efficiency potential of the entire system. This thermostat communicates with the air conditioner to provide the best in efficiency and comfort. The system not only controls the level of cooling comfort. The Infinity Touch manages ventilation, humidity control, air quality and air flow. And it can do it in up to eight customized zones in your house. The touch screen makes using the Infinity Touch simple and straightforward. No more attempting to manage the A/C on your own. The Infinity Touch does a far more precise job on its own. However, it does have other programs like Touch-N-Go program adjustment or advanced smart setback. The Infinity Series is another example of how Carrier continues to innovate by creating excellent products with state of the art technology.