Stay in Control of Your Comfort and Your Energy Expenses09/13/2016 Energy efficiency, aside from staying cool, is one of the most important features that homeowners want today in an air conditioner. Heating and cooling costs 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 aide your wallet. Whether you want to replace your air conditioner or just obtain the optimum efficiency out of your current system, energy efficiency can impact your comfort. There are a number of features and things to look for in an air conditioner to ensure that it is as energy efficient as possible: SEER ratings – Each air conditioner has this rating and it measures 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 requires a minimum SEER rating centered on your region, so newer systems are also the better route when it comes to efficiency. Whether you are looking for a new air conditioner with our experts at James Heating & A/C, Inc or only checking the SEER rating of your existing system, understanding 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 key way to increase efficiency. Dirty air filters cause your system to work harder than it should to keep you cool. Not only can a new air filter help you have a system operating more effectively, it can also keep your indoor air clean. Annual maintenance – This has most likely been drilled into your head repeatedly 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 larger issues, potentially harming the efficiency of your unit. Save on your utility bills and live in ease – the team at James Heating & A/C, Inc in Lexington 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 at its best, give us a call at 336-853-6070 to ask us 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.