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 want today in an air conditioner. Heating and cooling bills make up almost half of every homeowner’s total utility bills, so remaining energy efficient doesn’t only extend 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 items to look for in an air conditioner to ensure that it is as energy efficient as possible: SEER ratings – Every single 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 greater the efficiency and the lower your utility costs could be. For the air conditioners manufactured after 2015, the government requires a minimum SEER rating reliant on your region, so newer systems offer a better route when comparing efficiency. So if you are looking for a new air conditioner with our experts at O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning or only checking the SEER rating of your existing system, understanding the number can provide you with lots of important information. Air filters – Changing the air filter in your air conditioner is a simple, but significant 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 repeatedly from us, but we can’t push how important regular check-ups are for your system. Our experts will review electrical components, clean your unit and catch any potential problems before they become major issues, potentially impacting the efficiency of your unit. Save money and live in ease – the team at O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning in the Main Line 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 610-257-7035 to ask us 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.