Some homeowners view an 80% A.F.U.E. furnace as an entry-level model that should only be considered if trying to cut costs is the goal. But is this always the case? Is there such thing as a high end 80% gas furnace? You bet there is. Products like the Carrier Infinity 80 Gas Furnace come complete with all the advanced technology the Infinity line is known for and are a great choice in the right circumstances.
Homeowners who live in milder climates and want a top of the line gas furnace often choose a unit like the Carrier Infinity 80 Gas Furnace that costs less than the Infinity 96 and the Infinity ICS but still delivers all the goodies they offer. These include:
A perfect example of the right kind of circumstances for the Carrier Infinity 80 Gas Furnace is spelled out in this note that recently arrived in our Share an HVAC Price inbox. It comes from Kathleen in Scottsdale, AZ.
“I needed a new furnace for my home here in Scottsdale and so about 18 months ago I took advantage of the end of season sales and picked up a Carrier Infinity 80 Gas Furnace. I decided on an 80% efficient model because I just don’t run the furnace enough during the year to get make up the cost difference between the unit I bought and the more efficient Carrier furnaces. I also looked at lower-priced 80% models from Ruud and Goodman but wanted the performance features that only Carrier offered.
I got bids from 3 contractors after checking around for the best HVAC prices in the area. The one guy was really pushing a bargain brand and overpriced his estimate on the Carrier ($1,500 more than the next lowest). The second contractor came in the lowest at $3,600 which included $1,600 for the unit and $2K for installation. The last bid was for $3,800. I went with the lowest bid and had the unit installed. It took 2 guys about 7 hours to do it. They had a hard time getting the thermostat to function properly and ended up rewiring it first, and then replacing it. I almost had my handyman install it. He only wanted $1,000 to install it but I’m sure he would have been stumped by the thermostat issue. In the end, I’m happy.”
Kathleen’s note makes a good case for a quality standard efficiency furnace like the Carrier Infinity 80 Gas Furnace and also points out how important it is to use a qualified contractor who can install the unit to maximize performance and handle any technical problems that arise.