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September 13, 2016

Energy efficiency, aside from remaining cool, is one of the most vital features that homeowners want today in an air conditioner. Heating and cooling costs make up almost 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 impact your wallet. Whether you are looking to replace your air conditioner or just obtain the greatest efficiency out of your current system, energy efficiency can affect your comfort.

There are many features and things to look for in an air conditioner to ensure that it is as energy efficient as possible:

  1. SEER ratings – Every single air conditioner has one and it acknowledges 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 fees could be. For all air conditioners manufactured after 2015, the government mandates a minimum SEER rating reliant on your region, so newer systems can be the better route when comparing efficiency. Whether you are looking for a new air conditioner with our experts at Three Rivers Heating & Cooling or only checking the SEER rating of your current system, having the number can provide you with some important information.
  2. Air filters – Swapping the air filter in your air conditioner is a simple, but significant 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 more efficiently, it can also keep your indoor air clean.
  3. Annual maintenance – This has more than likely been drilled into your head repeatedly 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 on your utility bills and live in ease – the team at Three Rivers Heating & Cooling in Portland 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 at its best, give us a call at 503-213-4433 regarding any questions or receive any more guidance on how to keep your home energy efficient.