The Carrier Infinity 96 is part of Carrier’s best line of gas furnaces. The Infinity Series gets very high gas furnace ratings for performance and reliability. With 96.6% efficiency, this is also an Energy Star qualified energy miser that will significantly reduce energy use in most homes. The downside for some is the cost of this gas furnace. It might not be the most economical choice for mild and warm climates. On the plus side, the combination of the 2-stage burner and variable-speed blower works to provide excellent control over all aspects of the climate: temperature, humidity level and air filtration/quality. The furnace runs at 65% capacity and low-fan most of the time to maintain gentle, balanced heating. It only shifts to 100% capacity when a significant boost in heat is required.
Our Carrier Infinity 96 gas furnace rating review provides you the information you need to make the right choice for your home as you compare this model with others we rate on our pages. Here are our ratings for the Infinity 96 furnace.
Energy Efficiency Rating: (4/5)
With 96.6% efficiency, this model wastes less than 4% of the heat it creates, earning it the Energy Star rating. This level of efficiency makes it a popular choice for homes that rely heavily on their gas furnace from fall into spring. It will reduce gas costs by up to 30% in many homes where it replaces an older gas furnace. For homes in milder climates, compare your energy savings with the cost differential between this model and an 80% or 90% model.
Performance Features Rating: (4/5)
The only thing this model lacks is a modulating gas valve, the latest innovation in gas furnace technology. For most consumers, the two-stage heat and variable-speed blower (which also improves climate control during air conditioning) is enough to make the home as comfortable as is wanted. And it costs slightly less than modulating models. The Infinity 96 furnace from Carrier uses the highly-rated Infinity thermostat for maximum climate control but also supports the Carrier Thermidistat, a good choice when a central air conditioner is part of the system. This furnace is made in upflow/horizontal and downflow/horizontal designs, with furnaces available from 40,000 to 120,000 Btu. The Infinity 96 is covered by a lifetime heat exchanger warranty and a 10-year parts warranty. The specific model number of this furnace is the Carrier Infinity 58MVB.
User Rating: (4/5)
The Carrier Infinity Series furnaces have a good record of reliability and gets good ratings from users, but it isn’t among the top 5 series in the industry. If you maintain this furnace regularly, you should expect 15-20 years of good dependability without major problems. Carrier customer service is highly rated for hassle-free replacement of items under warranty.
Overall Rating: (4/5)
One of Carrier’s best, this is a good choice for energy-conscious consumers. It’s designed for cooler climates where it has the quality and efficiency to be a workhorse furnace in any home. If those values are important and you’re willing to pay the higher price for a Carrier, this is a good one to consider.