Stay in Control of Your Comfort and Your Energy Expenses09/13/2016 Energy efficiency, aside from remaining cool, is one of the most important features that homeowners want today in an air conditioner. Heating and cooling bills 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 our planet, but it could also aide your wallet. Whether you want to replace your air conditioner or just get the best efficiency out of your current system, energy efficiency can influence your comfort. There are many features and things to look for in an air conditioner to make sure that it is as energy efficient as possible: SEER ratings – Each and every 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 greater the efficiency and the lower your utility fees could be. For the air conditioners manufactured after 2015, the government mandates a minimum SEER rating based on your region, so newer systems can be the better route when it comes to efficiency. So if you are looking for a new air conditioner with our experts at Polestar Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning or only checking the SEER rating of your existing system, having the number can provide you with some important information. Air filters – Swapping the air filter in your air conditioner is a simple, 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 more effectively, 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 annual check-ups are for your system. Our experts will check electrical components, clean your unit and monitor any potential problems before they become major issues, potentially harming the efficiency of your unit. Save money and live in ease – the team at Polestar Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning in Olathe 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 913-432-3342 to ask us any questions or receive any more tips on how to keep your home energy efficient. You can also book an appointment with us online at any time.