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 look for today in an air conditioner. Heating and cooling bills make up approximately half of every homeowner’s total utility bills, so keeping energy efficient doesn’t only lengthen the life of your system and help the planet, but it could also aide your wallet. Whether you want to replace your air conditioner or just get the best efficiency out of your current system, energy efficiency can affect your comfort. There are a number of features and items 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 this rating and it acknowledges 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 the air conditioners manufactured after 2015, the government mandates a minimum SEER rating reliant on your region, so newer systems are also the better route when comparing efficiency. So if you are looking for a new air conditioner with our experts at Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc or just checking the SEER rating of your present system, knowing the number can provide you with some important information. Air filters – Exchanging the air filter in your air conditioner is an easy, but key way to improve 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 more than likely 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 check electrical components, clean your unit and catch any potential problems before they become major issues, potentially harming the efficiency of your unit. Save money and live in ease – the team at Controlled Comfort HVAC Inc in Carpentersville acknowledges that an air conditioner is a huge 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 224-699-9229 with any questions or receive any more tips on how to keep your home energy efficient. You can also plan an appointment with us online at any time.