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Carrier Comfort (59SC6) Gas Furnace Review: Benefits, Features, and Cost

The 59SC6 has heating efficiencies of up to 97% AFUE, it’s ENERGY STAR certified, and it has a multi-speed blower motor, giving homeowners increased comfort, quiet performance, and peace of mind.

Carrier Comfort (59SC6) Gas Furnace Review: Benefits, Features, and Cost

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Roger Bakies


March 29th, 2024

Have you ever Google searched “new HVAC system?” If so, you likely encountered hundreds of heating and cooling businesses and brands. So, the question remains: How does a homeowner determine which HVAC system is right for their needs and budget? Well, the first step begins with research.

After doing some research, you should have an idea of the type of system you want, such as an electric or gas furnace. From there, you need to find a reliable, dependable, and affordable HVAC contractor to install your new system, but don’t worry; you don’t need to leave this webpage to find one.

In fact, Fire & Ice Heating and Air Conditioning has 20 years of experience installing, servicing, and replacing HVAC systems throughout the city and suburbs of Columbus, Ohio. Nevertheless, we know how daunting it can be to find a new HVAC system; that's why we’re here every step of the way. Our top priority is providing excellent customer service while finding a heating and cooling system that's right for you, your home, and your budget.

In this article, we will explore the benefits and features of the Carrier Comfort 96 Gas Furnace, as well as what type of homeowner is a good/ bad fit for this HVAC unit, compatible equipment, its cost, and how to start your HVAC journey with Fire & Ice! 

Let’s get started!

What Features and Benefits Does the Carrier Comfort 90 (59SC6) Gas Furnace Offer?

Energy Efficiency

The Carrier Performance 58TP0 has a great efficiency rating of 80% AFUE. This acronym stands for Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency rating, which measures how well the furnace turns fuel into heat.  

A good rule of thumb to follow, especially in the heating and cooling industry, is that the higher the percentage, the more energy-efficient a system is. For easy comparison, many HVAC experts often refer a system’s AFUE to a car's miles per hour (MPH).

This unit is also ENERGY STAR certified. For an HVAC system to be certified, all product testing must performed in a lab that the EPA recognizes and approves. Furthermore, an EPA-approved certification body must certify and submit the results.

Precise Airflow

The Carrier Comfort (59SC6) Gas Furnace has a multi-speed ECM blower motor with several fan speed options. In this case, this unit is a single-stage system with 18 different speed options.

This feature is important to note because even though it only has one setting, “on” or “off,” the fan speed options allow this unit to be tailored to your comfort level to give homeowners ultimate comfort without breaking the bank.


Throughout the last century, Carrier has invested significant resources in terms of time, effort, and money to guarantee that any HVAC leaving their factory meets the expectations and needs of homeowners like you, and the Carrier Comfort (59SC6) Gas Furnace is no different.

This HVAC equipment features Carrier's patented PowerHeat™ Hot Surface Ignition. Choosing a home comfort system equipped with PowerHeat™ eliminates the need for a pilot light, thus reducing your household's gas consumption and utility expenses.

The PowerHeat™ Hot Surface Ignition is among the leading features introduced in Carrier’s line of gas furnaces. It ranks among the most reliable and long-lasting ignition systems in today's HVAC market.


This unit comes with two distinct warranties for added peace of mind, including:

  • A 10-year warrantycovering all parts, ensuring your protection against any manufacturing defects or component failures
  • A lifetime heat exchanger warrantyThis warranty ensures its durability and performance throughout the entire lifespan of your investment

However, for the warranty to apply, you must register your new HVAC system on Carrier's website within 90 days of installation. To claim your warranty, you must be the unit's original owner and have documentation showing annual preventative maintenance has been completed on your system.

What Systems and Accessories Are Compatible With the Carrier Comfort (59SC6)?

Understanding which systems are compatible is crucial when investing in new HVAC equipment. Fortunately, Carrier provides a wide selection of Comfort Series equipment, such as heat pumps, air conditioners, thermostats, and zoning systems. Each can be integrated with or installed separately from the 59SC6.

Furthermore, the Carrier Performance (59SC6) Gas Furnace works well with a variety of HVAC accessories, such as the:

If you're a homeowner who wants to invest in a more advanced heating system, the Carrier Performance 59TP6  might be a good option. This system offers additional features, such as a higher AFUE, a two-stage blower motor, and constant airflow.

Is the Carrier Comfort (59SC6) Gas Furnace a Good Match for Your Needs?

A normal homeowner may assume all HVAC systems are identical; however, you know what they say about assumptions. Nevertheless, some homes and homeowners are more suitable for the 59SC6 than others. In this section, we'll identify homeowners who would find this unit a perfect match and those who wouldn’t.

A Perfect Match

The type of homeowner that would be a perfect match for this system is a homeowner who:

  • Is concerned with their budget; since this is an entry-level HVAC system, it's cheaper than a mid-range or a higher-end model of this unit.
  • This unit is a good match for you if you plan to move in 5 years or less. If you were to purchase a more expensive system, you wouldn't get your return on investment before you planned on moving.
  • A homeowner who is not worried about utility bills: this unit uses a lot of energy when booting up and shutting down, so if you're happy with where your utility bills are, this unit is perfect for you. 

An Imperfect Match

On the other side of the spectrum, we have homeowners that would not be a perfect match for this HVAC system, for example:

  • If you are a homeowner in your forever home, you should invest in a better heating and cooling system. This includes a unit with better airflow, a two-stage or variable-speed blower motor, and increased energy efficiency, such as the Carrier Performance 96.
  • If you're a homeowner worried about the noise of your HVAC unit, it's good to know that some units have more than one setting. A two-stage or variable-speed furnace can make less noise than a single-stage unit with only an "on" or "off" setting.
  • If you are a homeowner who is concerned about the environment and the amount of energy your HVAC system uses to keep your home at your preferred level of comfort, you may want to invest in a high-end HVAC system such as the Carrier Infinity 96 or the Carrier Infinity 98.

How Much Does the Carrier Comfort (59SC6) Gas Furnace Cost?

So, one question remains: “How much does it cost?” On average, you can expect to invest between $5,000 and $7,500 on this unit.

This estimate encompasses the cost of installation and any associated fees. However, it's important to note that this price range does not cover the expenses for modifying or installing ductwork ventilation or any additions for enhancing indoor air quality.

Investing in a new Gas Furnace with Fire & Ice

At Fire & Ice, we understand the significance of your home comfort and the overwhelming nature of the many options available. Nevertheless, we trust that this article has provided some clarity on the heating and cooling choices for your home comfort.

Ultimately, you are the best judge of what suits you, your home, and your finances. However, we are here to assist with the specifics.

Ready to embark on your HVAC journey with Fire & Ice? If so, input your zip code in the map below to confirm you are within our service area and arrange a complimentary in-home estimate with one of our residential comfort experts.

Not ready for a new HVAC system just yet? No worries; we also provide air duct cleaning services, annual maintenance contracts, and water heater solutions! You can also explore our learning center to learn more about various HVAC equipment and accessories that suit your home and financial plan.


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