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 want today in an air conditioner. Heating and cooling bills make up approximately half of every homeowner’s total utility bills, so keeping energy efficient doesn’t only elongate the life of your system and help our planet, but it could also impact your wallet. Whether you might replace your air conditioner or just get the greatest efficiency out of your current system, energy efficiency can influence your comfort. There are several features and factors to look for in an air conditioner to know 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 superior the efficiency and the lower your utility bills could be. For every air conditioner 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. So if you are looking for a new air conditioner with our experts at Ilten's Incorporated or simply checking the SEER rating of your existing system, having the number can provide you with some important information. Air filters – Exchanging the air filter in your air conditioner is an easy, but key way to improve efficiency. Dirty air filters force 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 repeatedly from us, but we can’t push how important ongoing 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 Ilten's Incorporated in Cedar Rapids acknowledges 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 at its best, give us a call at 319-363-0283 regarding any questions or receive any more tips on how to keep your home energy efficient. You can also schedule an appointment with us online at any time.