Stay in Control of Your Comfort and Your Energy Expenses09/13/2016 Energy efficiency, aside from keeping cool, is one of the most important features that homeowners search for today in an air conditioner. Heating and cooling costs make up nearly 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 help your wallet. Whether you might replace your air conditioner or just receive 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 measures 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 fees could be. For the air conditioners manufactured after 2015, the government has mandated a minimum SEER rating based 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 Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. or simply checking the SEER rating of your present system, knowing the number can provide you with some important information. Air filters – Swapping the air filter in your air conditioner is an easy, but important way to increase 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 more efficiently, it can also keep your indoor air clean. Annual maintenance – This has more than 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 review electrical components, clean your unit and monitor any potential problems before they become larger issues, potentially affecting the efficiency of your unit. Save money and live in ease – the team at Tri City Fuel & Heating Co., Inc. in West Columbia acknowledges 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 at its best, give us a call at 803-796-9172 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.