Energy efficiency, aside from staying cool, is one of the most significant 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 extend the life of your system and help the planet, but it could also aide your wallet. Whether you are looking to replace your air conditioner or just receive 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 ensure that it is as energy efficient as possible:
- SEER ratings – Every single air conditioner has this rating and it evaluates 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 costs could be. For the air conditioners manufactured after 2015, the government has mandated a minimum SEER rating reliant on your region, so newer systems are also the better route when looking at efficiency. Regardless if you are looking for a new air conditioner with our experts at Contra Costa Heating & AC or simply checking the SEER rating of your present system, understanding the number can provide you with a lot of important information.
- Air filters – Swapping the air filter in your air conditioner is a quick, but key 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 more efficiently, it can also keep your indoor air clean.
- Annual maintenance – This has probably been drilled into your head multiple times from us, but we can’t push how important annual check-ups are for your system. Our experts will check electrical components, clean your unit and identify any potential problems before they become larger issues, potentially affecting the efficiency of your unit.
Save on your utility bills and live in ease – the team at Contra Costa Heating & AC in the Bay Area 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 at its best, give us a call at 510-343-9841 with any questions or receive any more tips on how to keep your home energy efficient.