Stay in Control of Your Comfort and Your Energy Expenses09/13/2016 Energy efficiency, aside from keeping cool, is one of the most vital features that homeowners want today in an air conditioner. Heating and cooling fees make up almost half of every homeowner’s total utility bills, so keeping energy efficient doesn’t only lengthen the life of your system and help Earth, but it could also aide your wallet. Whether you are looking to replace your air conditioner or just get the best efficiency out of your current system, energy efficiency can impact your comfort. There are many features and factors 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 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 all air conditioners manufactured after 2015, the government requires a minimum SEER rating based 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 Street Heating & Sheet Metal Inc or just checking the SEER rating of your present system, knowing the number can provide you with a lot of important information. Air filters – Exchanging the air filter in your air conditioner is a quick, but important way to increase efficiency. Dirty air filters cause 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 better, it can also keep your indoor air clean. Annual maintenance – This has most likely been drilled into your head over and over again from us, but we can’t emphasize how important regular check-ups are for your system. Our experts will examine electrical components, clean your unit and monitor any potential problems before they become larger issues, potentially harming the efficiency of your unit. Save money and live in ease – the team at Street Heating & Sheet Metal Inc in Rapid City acknowledges 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 better, give us a call at 605-342-5107 regarding any questions or receive any more guidance on how to keep your home energy efficient. You can also schedule an appointment with us online at any time.