Stay in Control of Your Comfort and Your Energy Expenses09/13/2016 Energy efficiency, aside from remaining cool, is one of the most significant features that homeowners search for today in an air conditioner. Heating and cooling bills make up nearly half of every homeowner’s total utility bills, so remaining energy efficient doesn’t only lengthen the life of your system and help the planet, but it could also aide 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 a number of features and things to look for in an air conditioner to make sure that it is as energy efficient as possible: SEER ratings – Each air conditioner has this rating and it acknowledges the efficiency of your system. SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio; the higher the SEER rating, the better the efficiency and the lower your utility bills could be. For all air conditioners manufactured after 2015, the government has mandated 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 iTemp Heating and Air Conditioning or simply checking the SEER rating of your current system, understanding the number can provide you with some important information. Air filters – Changing the air filter in your air conditioner is a quick, but important way to enhance efficiency. Dirty air filters influence 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 better, it can also keep your indoor air clean. Annual maintenance – This has more than likely been drilled into your head multiple times 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 identify any potential problems before they become major issues, potentially affecting the efficiency of your unit. Save on bills and live in ease – the team at iTemp Heating and Air Conditioning in Chicago recognizes 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 773-704-0640 with any questions or receive any more tips on how to keep your home energy efficient. You can also plan an appointment with us online at any time.