How Can I Check My Air Conditioning’s Efficiency?

Efficiency is one of the most important aspects of your air conditioning system. An inefficient air conditioner will cost you significantly more in monthly bills than an efficient one, which can add up to thousands of dollars over the course of the system’s lifetime. Routine maintenance and prompt repairs can improve your system’s efficiency, but it helps if you know at least a little bit about what to look for. Austin, TX, has hot summers, and the ability to improve your system’s power to fight it can save you a great deal in the coming months. “How can I check my air conditioning’s efficiency?” you ask. There are a few simple ways to tell.

SEER Rating

SEER stands for Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio, a means of telling which system does more with less. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient the unit. Usually, when you buy a new unit, it will have a higher SEER rating than your old one. You can also “cheat” sometimes by looking for units with the ENERGY STAR rating: awarded by the U.S. government for units that meet certain efficiency standards.

Monthly Bills

The SEER rating helps with purchasing a more efficient air conditioner. If you already own your air conditioner, there’s a much easier long-term way to determine your efficiency: monitor your monthly bills. Over time, you may notice them going up, despite the fact that you’re not running your air conditioner any more often than usual, your air conditioner is probably much less efficient than it needs to be.

The good news is that a trained professional can correct the issue fairly easily. Call on Intelligent Air Services to perform regular maintenance on your unit, and to make repairs when needed. Not only will we help your air conditioner run more efficiently, but you could extend its life by months or even years!