Carrier Comfort™ Series 95 – 59SC5 Review
AFUE:Up to 96.5%
ENERGY STAR ®:No
Burner Type:Single Stage
Blower Type:Multi Speed
Price:$3,800 - $4,800
BTU Output:39,000 - 135,000
Carrier’s Comfort™ Series 59SC5 is one of their most affordable. It’s a single-stage furnace with an AFUE rating of up to 96.5 percent, which is impressive for a single-stage unit. The 59SC5 is an excellent investment for homeowners on a modest budget or with smaller homes.
This review of Carrier’s Comfort 95 – 59SC5 model will help you make a decision about your furnace upgrade.
If you're in the market for a new furnace and considering a Carrier, then this review will provide you with the Comfort 95 – 59SC5’s features, specifications, warranty details, and pricing information, plus we’ll compare it to three other Carrier furnaces based on price, features, and tier.
About the Comfort 95 – 59SC5
Average Price (installed): $3,800 - $4,800
- Multi-speed blower motor for improved performance and efficiency
- Better efficiency and less heat loss thanks to the secondary heat exchanger
- Hot surface ignition and secondary heat exchanger reduce fuel waste
- Quiet operation
- High-efficiency AFUE
- Compatible with Carrier’s Hybrid Heat technology and ComfortFan system
- Has an ECM blower motor for increased efficiency and less maintenance
The Bottom Line
The Comfort 95 – 59SC5 is a relatively affordable Carrier furnace, but as an entry-level model, it’s also one of their most basic.
However, this furnace does have a few selling features, including the multi-speed ECM blower motor, secondary heat exchanger, and reliable hot surface ignition. Nonetheless, this furnace will still work best to heat smaller homes or homes in milder parts of Canada.
The Comfort 95 – 59SC5 is a workhorse that performs quietly and efficiently and provides excellent value for your money in the long-term. Plus, the high-efficiency rating and ENERGY STAR® certification means it could be eligible for certain rebates, which could offset Carrier’s higher price tag.
Carrier Comfort 95 – 59SC5 Product Specifications
- AFUE: 96.5 percent
- Burner type: Single-stage
- Blower type: Multi-speed
- ENERGY STAR certified: Yes
- Price range: $3,800 to $4,800
The Comfort 95 – 59SC5 operates with two heat exchangers: the primary aluminized steel heat exchanger that’s durable and reliable, and the secondary heat exchanger that increases performance and efficiency by recycling heat from exhaust gasses.
Another selling point of the Comfort 95 – 59SC5 is its quiet operation, which is thanks in part to the sealed combustion system and insulated heating compartment.
The furnace’s multi-speed ECM blower motor also improves the energy-efficiency of this system and enhances comfort. When used in conjunction with the right cooling system, it boosts SEER levels, resulting in terrific cost savings throughout the year.
The 59SC5 can be installed with any compatible electric heat pump to be used like a dual-fuel system that automatically switches between electric and gas heating for increased energy savings.
Other Key Features
- Available in multiple sizes to suit many homes
- Runs on natural gas but can be converted to propane
- Important components are protected by a heavy-gauge steel cabinet
- When paired with a compatible thermostat, you can take advantage of the Constant On mode to get more fan speed options
The Comfort 95 – 59SC5 is covered by a lifetime heat exchanger warranty and
also a 10-year limited parts warranty.
To be eligible for the full protection, you have to register the Comfort 95 – 59SC5 within 90 days of installation. Should you fail to register, the parts warranty will only be valid for five years and the heat exchanger warranty will expire after 20 years.
You'll also have to hire a licensed HVAC professional to install the furnace if you want to keep the warranty valid.
Comparable Models by Carrier
Model Comparison by Price: 59SC5 versus Performance™ 96 – 59TP6
The Performance 96 – 59TP6 is a mid-range offering from Carrier, and the installed price is between $5,000 and $5,600.
With the additional cost, however, you get a few extra features that could be worth the price, including a two-stage burner and variable-speed blower motor. These features mean the furnace will be better at warming a larger home, better at managing humidity, and better at eliminating hot and cold spots.
Model Comparison by Features: 59SC5 versus Infinity® 98 with Greenspeed® Intelligence 59MN7
The Infinity 98 – 59MN7 is Carrier’s most advanced, most sophisticated, and most expensive furnace.
It comes with a modulating burner and variable-speed blower motor, so it’s the best at efficient and quiet operation, humidity management, and delivering consistent and even temperatures.
It also has an AFUE of 98.5 percent, so it will save you the most on energy bills out of every Carrier furnace. Finally, it also has the most technological compatibilities in terms of Carrier’s other special features.
Model Comparison by Premium Tier: 59SC5 versus Comfort 92 – 59SC2
The Comfort 92 – 59SC2 is another one of Carrier’s entry-level models. It’s in a similar price range and has similar specifications as the 59SC5, but with a few important differences.
The first is that the 59SC2 only has a 92.1 AFUE, and it’s not ENERGY STAR certified. As such, it won’t save you as much on energy bills, won’t be as effective at heating your home, and probably won’t qualify for many rebates.