Stay in Control of Your Comfort and Your Energy Expenses09/13/2016 Energy efficiency, aside from staying cool, is one of the most important features that homeowners look for today in an air conditioner. Heating and cooling costs make up almost half of every homeowner’s total utility bills, so remaining 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 obtain the best efficiency out of your current system, energy efficiency can affect your comfort. There are a number of features and factors to look for in an air conditioner to know that it is as energy efficient as possible: SEER ratings – Every single air conditioner has a SEER rating and it evaluates the efficiency of your system. SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio; the higher the SEER rating, the better the efficiency and the lower your utility costs could be. For all air conditioners manufactured after 2015, the government mandates a minimum SEER rating based on your region, so newer systems offer a better route when looking at efficiency. Regardless if you are looking for a new air conditioner with our experts at Ackerman Heating & Air Conditioning or simply checking the SEER rating of your current system, knowing the number can provide you with lots of important information. Air filters – Exchanging the air filter in your air conditioner is a simple, but important way to increase 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 efficiently, it can also keep your indoor air clean. Annual maintenance – This has most likely been drilled into your head over and over again from us, but we can’t push how important regular check-ups are for your system. Our experts will review electrical components, clean your unit and catch any potential problems before they become major issues, potentially affecting the efficiency of your unit. Save money and live in ease – the team at Ackerman Heating & Air Conditioning in Colfax 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 better, give us a call at 509-397-3622 to ask us any questions or receive any more tips on how to keep your home energy efficient. You can also schedule an appointment with us online at any time.