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 want today in an air conditioner. Heating and cooling bills make up almost 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 get the greatest efficiency out of your current system, energy efficiency can affect your comfort. There are several features and items to look for in an air conditioner to know that it is as energy efficient as possible: SEER ratings – Each and every air conditioner has one 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 costs could be. For all air conditioners manufactured after 2015, the government mandates a minimum SEER rating reliant on your region, so newer systems offer a better route when looking at efficiency. Regardless if you are looking for a new air conditioner with our experts at Patterson & Stirling Inc or simply checking the SEER rating of your present system, knowing the number can provide you with lots of important information. Air filters – Changing the air filter in your air conditioner is a quick, but important way to improve efficiency. Dirty air filters cause 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 better, it can also keep your indoor air clean. Annual maintenance – This has most likely been drilled into your head multiple times from us, but we can’t emphasize how important annual check-ups are for your system. Our experts will review electrical components, clean your unit and catch any potential problems before they become bigger issues, potentially impacting the efficiency of your unit. Save money and live in ease – the team at Patterson & Stirling Inc in Erie 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 better, give us a call at 814-833-5558 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.