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 search for today in an air conditioner. Heating and cooling fees make up approximately 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 are looking to replace your air conditioner or just receive the optimum efficiency out of your current system, energy efficiency can impact your comfort. There are several features and things 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 one 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 every air conditioner manufactured after 2015, the government has mandated a minimum SEER rating based on your region, so newer systems are also the better route when it comes to efficiency. So if you are looking for a new air conditioner with our experts at Quality Refrigeration or only checking the SEER rating of your existing system, knowing the number can provide you with lots of important information. Air filters – Changing the air filter in your air conditioner is a quick, but important way to improve efficiency. Dirty air filters cause 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 over and over again from us, but we can’t stress how important ongoing check-ups are for your system. Our experts will check electrical components, clean your unit and monitor any potential problems before they become larger issues, potentially affecting the efficiency of your unit. Save on your utility bills and live in ease – the team at Quality Refrigeration in Baltimore recognizes 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 more efficiently, give us a call at 410-355-6010 with any questions or receive any more guidance on how to keep your home energy efficient. You can also schedule an appointment with us online at any time.