HVAC wouldn’t be HVAC without Carrier being the global leader in heating and cooling technology. This makes a lot of sense considering that Carrier actually invented modern air conditioning. Carrier has, in fact, been the industry standard bearer for well over one hundred years. The last 70 years, Carrier’s name has been forever linked to residential air conditioning. They created the residential air conditioning market as well. Carrier certainly has the pedigree to be the best in the business.
Mr. Willis Carrier, along with a small group of trusted engineers, designed what would become the world’s first air conditioner in 1902. The first air conditioning factory was built in New Jersey in 1915. From there, Carrier began to completely alter the way the American economy performed. The sudden advent of an effective mechanical method to cool air helped leverage the American economy to become the powerhouse that we know it to be. Everything from manufacturing to food service was changed. While Carrier focused on commercial air conditioning solutions across a vast range of applications, they continued to innovate and advance the technology. When the 50’s arrived, Carrier aimed at creating a new market for its air conditioners. The result of all that innovation would be the residential air conditioner. Now, the average home owner would have the opportunity to cool their home. This would lead to yet another transformative period for our country. What had been considered undesirable regions, because of the heat, were now becoming developed communities.
Then these areas became sought after locations for living and all that sprawling growth was on. The landscape of our country changed dramatically in the ensuing decades. What had been considered hot waste land became very attractive areas for people to live their lives. Residents could now embrace the weather, enjoy the sun and live in the heat because they had the balancing effect of an air conditioned home. Looking back on it from a 21st century perspective, it is stunning to consider all of the lives that were touched due to a Carrier innovation. These days, Carrier has a global platform from which in continues to lead the HVAC industry. However, at Carrier, the main motivation and core value is still customer care and comfort. And they do this with a commitment to efficiency and the protection of our planet. There really isn’t a better example of that commitment than the Infinity line of Carrier air conditioners. This series of air cooling units are some of the most technologically advanced cooling systems to be found anywhere on the HVAC market.
The Infinity line comes with many elements which continue to place Carrier and its HVAC systems as the industry leader. The first and most obvious example of that is the SEER rating on the Infinity line of air conditioning systems. We have all seen a SEER rating either stamped on our own air conditioner or as a big part of air conditioning marketing. Yet, what do we really know about this SEER number. That can actually be a perplexing question without some context. The acronym SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio. Somehow, a ratio started to be called a rating which is a bit of a misnomer. SEER is actually a ratio of the cooling output of any air conditioner over the average of a cooling season which is then divided by the actual energy consumed in kilowatt hours. So, a SEER ratio is more of a structure of perspective for the efficiency of a particular model of air conditioner. The higher the SEER number, the more efficient the air conditioner. However, even that statement can be a bit ambiguous. That’s because a SEER number is based upon the average of a simulated cooling season and with varying degrees of heat. Most up to date air conditioners have a SEER rating of between 13 and 14. However, the upper end of that scale can go all the way to between a 21 and a 25 SEER. The 25 SEER is really about the most efficient model of air conditioner manufactured. Carrier’s Infinity Series can range from a 14.5 to a 21 SEER ratio. Depending on the individual homeowners needs, the Infinity line has a SEER ratio that will be compatible. At the outset, a person would figure that the higher the SEER number, the less spent in utility costs. SEER ratio and utility savings go hand in hand but, again, there needs to be some context. Another way to look at SEER ratios is to think of them in the way we consider an MPG sticker on a new car. Right off the bat, it is assumed that the higher the MPG, the less gas will have to be put in the vehicle. But, if you have a lead foot and floor it everywhere you go, the MPG is going to suffer. The very same principle applies to a SEER ratio. A homeowner may buy a high SEER air conditioner expecting significant energy savings. But, it’s the way the air conditioner is used that will be the defining factor where energy savings are concerned.
Then there is yet another perspective to consider when discussing a SEER ratio. The HVAC units which are being replaced now are predominantly older units with a SEER rating of maybe 8 or 10. Just upgrading to an 15 SEER will result in huge energy savings from this perspective. The SEER ratio is quite an important factor when considering an air conditioner. It just needs to come with a bit of perspective to get an overall understanding. The Infinity Series efficiency and potential can be fully unlocked when paired with the Infinity Touch Thermostat Management system. This system manages the ventilation, humidity, air quality and airflow throughout the home. Carrier has applied its custom and practice of innovation through technology to provide yet another award winning line of air conditioning solutions. Just as they have for over one hundred years, Carrier continues to lead the HVAC industry into the future.