Carrier Achieves Breakthrough with Industry’s Highest Efficiency and Quietest Gas Furnace Models
Indianapolis, Indiana, April 11, 2012 – Carrier’s latest innovations to its Infinity® 98 gas furnace line top the industry, providing consumers with the most efficient furnace and the quietest furnace in the industry. Carrier, the world’s leader in high technology heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions, is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
The Infinity gas furnace line with Greenspeed™ intelligence combines modulating and variable-speed technologies with a communicating control system to constantly adapt to a home’s conditions.
“The Infinity 98 fully modulating gas furnace, in the 60,000 Btuh, 5-ton size, is the most efficient gas furnace a consumer can buy with an Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) of 98.5 percent*,” said John Gibbons, director of product and platform strategy, Carrier. “This means that 98.5 cents of every dollar spent on gas goes directly to heating the home. This is a tremendous accomplishment in the efficiency level and cost savings associated with gas furnaces, especially when standard furnaces typically waste 20 cents or more per dollar spent on heating costs.”
Unveiled in the fall of 2011, the initial launch of the Infinity gas furnace line included 60,000 and 80,000 Btuh models in the 3.5-ton size, a 100,000 Btuh model in the 5-ton size and a 120,000 Btuh model in the 5.5-ton size – all delivering precise comfort with reduced energy use. Instead of blasting a home with heat in a perpetual “on”/ “off” cycle, Infinity gas furnaces with Greenspeed intelligence operate at a gentle, low capacity up to 90 percent of the time. When combined with an Infinity® control, the modulating gas valve in the Infinity 98 furnace can adjust heating output up and down through multiple stages in one-percent increments from 40 up to 100 percent of capacity to more accurately match comfort needs while increasing the energy efficiency of the furnace.
“Two of the Infinity 98 furnaces included in our initial launch have already been recognized as the Most Efficient of ENERGY STAR® in 2012 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),” said Tom Archer, manager of heating and indoor air quality product marketing, Carrier. “Now, we are building on that success with the expansion of the Infinity 98 gas furnace line to include additional sizes and the most energy efficient furnace in the industry, with an AFUE of 98.5 percent.”* According to the criteria set by the EPA’s ENERGY STAR program, products recognized as ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2012 demonstrate efficiency performance that is truly exceptional, inspirational or leading edge, and already qualify for the ENERGY STAR label.
The expansion of the Carrier Infinity 98 gas furnace line has also resulted in the quietest gas furnace in the industry.** The furnace’s quiet operation is made possible by technology that distributes heated air at the lowest possible setting for the majority of the heating season. In low-fire mode, where the furnace operates most often, it is very quiet, less than the sound of a running refrigerator.
“I am pleased to announce that Carrier has engineered the most energy efficient and the quietest gas furnaces in the industry,” said Chris Nelson, vice president of sales and marketing, Carrier Residential and Commercial Systems. “It is another reason why Carrier is a pioneer in the industry. We continually strive to ‘raise the bar’ for our customers in terms of product efficiency, quality and innovation.”
* The Carrier® Infinity® 98 gas furnace (Model 59MN7A060V21-20) is the most efficient furnace at 98.5% AFUE.
**Based on sound level testing of the Carrier 59MN7A060V17-14 and leading competitive gas furnaces during steady-state, high-fire and low-fire operation. For more information regarding the testing results and procedure, visit www.cacfurnaces.com.