Stay in Control of Your Comfort and Your Energy Expenses09/13/2016 Energy efficiency, aside from keeping cool, is one of the most significant features that homeowners look for today in an air conditioner. Heating and cooling costs make up nearly half of every homeowner’s total utility bills, so keeping energy efficient doesn’t only extend 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 obtain the optimum efficiency out of your current system, energy efficiency can affect your comfort. There are a number of features and factors to look for in an air conditioner to know 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 superior the efficiency and the lower your utility bills could be. For all 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. Whether you are looking for a new air conditioner with our experts at 1st Choice Service Group Inc or simply checking the SEER rating of your current system, knowing the number can provide you with some important information. Air filters – Swapping the air filter in your air conditioner is a quick, but significant way to increase efficiency. Dirty air filters force 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 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 emphasize how important annual check-ups are for your system. Our experts will check electrical components, clean your unit and identify any potential problems before they become bigger issues, potentially impacting the efficiency of your unit. Save on your utility bills and live in ease – the team at 1st Choice Service Group Inc in Asheville 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 better, give us a call at 828-551-2913 regarding 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.