Stay in Control of Your Comfort and Your Energy Expenses09/13/2016 Energy efficiency, aside from remaining cool, is one of the most significant features that homeowners look for today in an air conditioner. Heating and cooling fees make up approximately half of every homeowner’s total utility bills, so remaining energy efficient doesn’t only elongate the life of your system and help our planet, but it could also help your wallet. Whether you might replace your air conditioner or just receive the greatest efficiency out of your current system, energy efficiency can affect your comfort. There are a number of features and things to look for in an air conditioner to make sure that it is as energy efficient as possible: SEER ratings – Every single air conditioner has one 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 fees could be. For the air conditioners manufactured after 2015, the government mandates a minimum SEER rating centered on your region, so newer systems can be the better route when looking at efficiency. So if you are looking for a new air conditioner with our experts at Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. or only checking the SEER rating of your present system, knowing the number can provide you with a lot of important information. Air filters – Exchanging the air filter in your air conditioner is an easy, but significant way to increase efficiency. Dirty air filters influence 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 stress how important ongoing check-ups are for your system. Our experts will review electrical components, clean your unit and catch any potential problems before they become larger issues, potentially affecting the efficiency of your unit. Save on bills and live in ease – the team at Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. in Scottsboro understands 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 more efficiently, give us a call at 256-574-1300 to ask us any questions or receive any more tips on how to keep your home energy efficient. You can also book an appointment with us online at any time.