Stay in Control of Your Comfort and Your Energy Expenses09/13/2016 Energy efficiency, aside from keeping cool, is one of the most important features that homeowners want today in an air conditioner. Heating and cooling bills make up nearly half of every homeowner’s total utility bills, so staying energy efficient doesn’t only elongate the life of your system and help Earth, but it could also help your wallet. Whether you might replace your air conditioner or just get the optimum efficiency out of your current system, energy efficiency can influence your comfort. There are a number of features and factors to look for in an air conditioner to make sure that it is as energy efficient as possible: SEER ratings – Each 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 greater the efficiency and the lower your utility costs could be. For all air conditioners manufactured after 2015, the government mandates a minimum SEER rating centered on your region, so newer systems are also the better route when comparing efficiency. Whether you are looking for a new air conditioner with our experts at Craig's Heating & Cooling or just checking the SEER rating of your existing 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 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 fresh air filter help you have a system operating more efficiently, it can also keep your indoor air clean. Annual maintenance – This has probably been drilled into your head multiple times from us, but we can’t emphasize 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 bigger issues, potentially affecting the efficiency of your unit. Save on your utility bills and live in ease – the team at Craig's Heating & Cooling in Bountiful recognizes that an air conditioner is a big 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 801-295-3357 regarding any questions or receive any more guidance on how to keep your home energy efficient. You can also book an appointment with us online at any time.