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 want 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 aide 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 many features and factors to look for in an air conditioner to know that it is as energy efficient as possible: SEER ratings – Each and every air conditioner has a SEER 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 every air conditioner manufactured after 2015, the government has mandated a minimum SEER rating based on your region, so newer systems offer a better route when it comes to efficiency. So if you are looking for a new air conditioner with our experts at Daniel's Heating & Refrigeration Corp. or simply checking the SEER rating of your existing system, knowing 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 improve efficiency. Dirty air filters influence your system to work harder than it should to keep you cool. Not only can a clean 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 repeatedly from us, but we can’t push how important annual check-ups are for your system. Our experts will examine electrical components, clean your unit and monitor any potential problems before they become larger issues, potentially harming the efficiency of your unit. Save money and live in ease – the team at Daniel's Heating & Refrigeration Corp. in Midlothian 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 better, give us a call at 804-379-1155 to ask us any questions or receive any more tips on how to keep your home energy efficient. You can also schedule an appointment with us online at any time.