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 look for today in an air conditioner. Heating and cooling fees make up approximately half of every homeowner’s total utility bills, so remaining energy efficient doesn’t only elongate the life of your system and help Earth, but it could also aide your wallet. Whether you want to replace your air conditioner or just obtain the greatest efficiency out of your current system, energy efficiency can impact your comfort. There are a number of features and items to look for in an air conditioner to know that it is as energy efficient as possible: SEER ratings – Every single 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 greater the efficiency and the lower your utility bills could be. For every air conditioner manufactured after 2015, the government mandates a minimum SEER rating centered on your region, so newer systems offer a better route when it comes to efficiency. Whether you are looking for a new air conditioner with our experts at Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing or simply checking the SEER rating of your existing system, having the number can provide you with lots of important information. Air filters – Swapping the air filter in your air conditioner is a quick, but significant way to enhance efficiency. Dirty air filters cause your system to work harder than it should to keep you cool. Not only can a clean 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 multiple times 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 identify any potential problems before they become bigger issues, potentially affecting the efficiency of your unit. Save money and live in ease – the team at Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing in Bakersfield 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 more efficiently, give us a call at 661-437-3499 to ask us any questions or receive any more insight on how to keep your home energy efficient. You can also book an appointment with us online at any time.