Stay in Control of Your Comfort and Your Energy Expenses09/13/2016 Energy efficiency, aside from remaining cool, is one of the most vital features that homeowners search for today in an air conditioner. Heating and cooling fees make up almost half of every homeowner’s total utility bills, so remaining energy efficient doesn’t only lengthen the life of your system and help our planet, but it could also help your wallet. Whether you are looking to replace your air conditioner or just obtain the best efficiency out of your current system, energy efficiency can impact your comfort. There are many features and items to look for in an air conditioner to know that it is as energy efficient as possible: SEER ratings – Every single air conditioner has a SEER 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 bills could be. For all air conditioners manufactured after 2015, the government requires a minimum SEER rating based on your region, so newer systems are also the better route when comparing efficiency. So if you are looking for a new air conditioner with our experts at Ben Maines Air Conditioning, Inc. or just checking the SEER rating of your existing system, knowing the number can provide you with a lot of important information. Air filters – Swapping the air filter in your air conditioner is a quick, but key way to enhance efficiency. Dirty air filters influence 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 probably been drilled into your head multiple times from us, but we can’t stress how important regular check-ups are for your system. Our experts will check electrical components, clean your unit and identify any potential problems before they become major issues, potentially impacting the efficiency of your unit. Save money and live in ease – the team at Ben Maines Air Conditioning, Inc. in Longview recognizes that an air conditioner is a huge 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 903-758-0701 regarding any questions or receive any more insight on how to keep your home energy efficient. You can also schedule an appointment with us online at any time.