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 look for today in an air conditioner. Heating and cooling bills make up nearly half of every homeowner’s total utility bills, so keeping 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 affect your comfort. There are several features and factors to look for in an air conditioner to ensure that it is as energy efficient as possible: SEER ratings – Each 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 better the efficiency and the lower your utility costs could be. For the air conditioners manufactured after 2015, the government has mandated a minimum SEER rating centered 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 Jett's Heating & Air Inc. or simply checking the SEER rating of your current system, understanding the number can provide you with lots of important information. Air filters – Swapping 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 fresh air filter help you have a system operating better, it can also keep your indoor air clean. Annual maintenance – This has more than likely been drilled into your head multiple times from us, but we can’t emphasize how important ongoing 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 impacting the efficiency of your unit. Save money and live in ease – the team at Jett's Heating & Air Inc. in Crystal Lake 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 more efficiently, give us a call at 815-459-4700 to ask us any questions or receive any more guidance on how to keep your home energy efficient. You can also plan an appointment with us online at any time.