Stay in Control of Your Comfort and Your Energy Expenses09/13/2016 Energy efficiency, aside from staying cool, is one of the most vital features that homeowners search for today in an air conditioner. Heating and cooling fees make up nearly half of every homeowner’s total utility bills, so staying energy efficient doesn’t only lengthen the life of your system and help the planet, but it could also impact your wallet. Whether you want to replace your air conditioner or just get the optimum efficiency out of your current system, energy efficiency can influence your comfort. There are several 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 this rating 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 costs could be. For all air conditioners manufactured after 2015, the government has mandated a minimum SEER rating based on your region, so newer systems offer a better route when comparing efficiency. Regardless if you are looking for a new air conditioner with our experts at Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning or just checking the SEER rating of your existing system, having the number can provide you with a lot of important information. Air filters – Swapping the air filter in your air conditioner is a simple, but significant way to increase 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 effectively, 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 emphasize how important regular 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 harming the efficiency of your unit. Save money and live in ease – the team at Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning in Bishop 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 760-784-9034 regarding 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.