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 look for today in an air conditioner. Heating and cooling bills make up nearly half of every homeowner’s total utility bills, so keeping energy efficient doesn’t only elongate the life of your system and help the planet, but it could also help your wallet. Whether you might replace your air conditioner or just obtain the best 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 ensure 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 costs could be. For all air conditioners manufactured after 2015, the government requires a minimum SEER rating based on your region, so newer systems can be the better route when looking at efficiency. Whether you are looking for a new air conditioner with our experts at WM J Kraus & Son or just checking the SEER rating of your existing system, having the number can provide you with a lot of important information. Air filters – Changing the air filter in your air conditioner is a quick, but significant 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 more than likely been drilled into your head multiple times from us, but we can’t stress how important ongoing check-ups are for your system. Our experts will review electrical components, clean your unit and monitor any potential problems before they become major issues, potentially affecting the efficiency of your unit. Save on your utility bills and live in ease – the team at WM J Kraus & Son in Keokuk 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 319-524-3714 with 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.