Stay in Control of Your Comfort and Your Energy Expenses09/13/2016 Energy efficiency, aside from staying cool, is one of the most significant features that homeowners want today in an air conditioner. Heating and cooling fees make up approximately half of every homeowner’s total utility bills, so keeping energy efficient doesn’t only lengthen the life of your system and help our planet, but it could also impact your wallet. Whether you might replace your air conditioner or just receive the best efficiency out of your current system, energy efficiency can influence your comfort. There are several features and items to look for in an air conditioner to ensure that it is as energy efficient as possible: SEER ratings – Each air conditioner has one and it acknowledges the efficiency of your system. SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio; the higher the SEER rating, the superior the efficiency and the lower your utility fees could be. For the air conditioners manufactured after 2015, the government mandates a minimum SEER rating reliant on your region, so newer systems can be the better route when comparing efficiency. So if you are looking for a new air conditioner with our experts at B & G HVAC or simply checking the SEER rating of your current system, understanding the number can provide you with lots of important information. Air filters – Swapping the air filter in your air conditioner is a simple, but significant way to enhance efficiency. Dirty air filters cause your system to work harder than it should to keep you cool. Not only can a clean air filter help you have a system operating more effectively, it can also keep your indoor air clean. Annual maintenance – This has probably been drilled into your head over and over again from us, but we can’t stress how important regular check-ups are for your system. Our experts will check electrical components, clean your unit and catch any potential problems before they become bigger issues, potentially harming the efficiency of your unit. Save on your utility bills and live in ease – the team at B & G HVAC in Marshalltown recognizes that an air conditioner is a large investment and we want to make sure you are getting the most for your money. To keep your air conditioner running at its best, give us a call at 641-752-3429 to ask us any questions or receive any more insight on how to keep your home energy efficient. You can also schedule an appointment with us online at any time.