Stay in Control of Your Comfort and Your Energy Expenses09/13/2016 Energy efficiency, aside from remaining cool, is one of the most important features that homeowners want today in an air conditioner. Heating and cooling fees make up nearly half of every homeowner’s total utility bills, so remaining energy efficient doesn’t only lengthen 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 best efficiency out of your current system, energy efficiency can influence your comfort. There are many features and factors to look for in an air conditioner to ensure that it is as energy efficient as possible: SEER ratings – Each and every air conditioner has a SEER rating 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 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 Beck Cohen or only checking the SEER rating of your current system, understanding the number can provide you with lots of important information. Air filters – Exchanging the air filter in your air conditioner is a simple, but key way to increase efficiency. Dirty air filters force 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 better, it can also keep your indoor air clean. Annual maintenance – This has most likely been drilled into your head multiple times from us, but we can’t push how important annual check-ups are for your system. Our experts will review electrical components, clean your unit and identify any potential problems before they become major issues, potentially harming the efficiency of your unit. Save on bills and live in ease – the team at Beck Cohen in Charlottesville understands 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 more efficiently, give us a call at 434-296-0129 with any questions or receive any more guidance on how to keep your home energy efficient. You can also plan an appointment with us online at any time.