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 search for today in an air conditioner. Heating and cooling costs make up nearly half of every homeowner’s total utility bills, so remaining energy efficient doesn’t only elongate the life of your system and help the planet, but it could also help your wallet. Whether you are looking to replace your air conditioner or just receive the optimum efficiency out of your current system, energy efficiency can affect your comfort. There are many 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 a SEER rating and it evaluates 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 has mandated a minimum SEER rating centered on your region, so newer systems can be the better route when looking at efficiency. Whether you are looking for a new air conditioner with our experts at Central Air Inc or simply checking the SEER rating of your present system, understanding the number can provide you with some important information. Air filters – Changing the air filter in your air conditioner is an easy, but significant way to enhance 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 more than likely been drilled into your head repeatedly from us, but we can’t stress how important annual 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 affecting the efficiency of your unit. Save on your utility bills and live in ease – the team at Central Air Inc in Portland Metro acknowledges 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 503-656-1908 regarding any questions or receive any more guidance on how to keep your home energy efficient. You can also schedule an appointment with us online at any time.