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How Can I Manage My Energy Costs?

Through the coldest and hottest weeks in Omaha, your heating and cooling system is an essential ally in keeping your home comfortable. Unfortunately, it’s also your worst enemy when trying to reduce your energy consumption. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, your HVAC system could account for nearly half of your household’s energy use.

That big draw of energy makes your HVAC unit a perfect place to start improving your energy habits. Whether you’re looking to reduce your carbon footprint or want to lower your utility bill, there are plenty of ways—big and small—to adapt how your heating and cooling system expends energy.

Switch Out Your Air Filters

The air filters in your HVAC system are important to upholding your home’s air quality. They help catch a variety of debris—including dust, dirt and other small particles—and prevent them from polluting your home. However, more than just your air quality suffers when your filters are full of debris. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, a dirty filter can decrease air conditioner efficiency by up to 15 percent. Changing out your air filter routinely keeps your system from using an excessive amount of energy. Replace one-inch pleated filters every month. Remember, filters may need more frequent attention if your HVAC system is in constant use, is around dusty conditions, or you have pets inside. Call The Frazier Company to find out what frequency of filter change is correct for your system.

Schedule Routine HVAC Service

If you want your HVAC system to run as efficiently as possible, routine maintenance is a must. During spring, have an HVAC expert inspect your air conditioner and clean its coils, check refrigerant levels, adjust system controls and more. In the fall, have them come to your house again to check up on your furnace and make adjustments before the winter weather sets in later. Consistent maintenance confirms your equipment is ready to run exactly as it was planned to—with peak efficiency. The Frazier Company professionals are well-equipped to help your system get back on track.

Switch Out Your Thermostat

Saving money on your energy bill can be as easy as adjusting the temperature in your home while you’re asleep or away. The closer your home’s temperature is to the conditions outside, the lower your energy bill can be. However, this doesn’t mean you’ll need to take extreme measures all the time. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends lowering or increasing (depending on the season) your temperature by easily resetting your thermostat when you are asleep or away from the home.

You could make these adjustments on your own each day, but a programmable thermostat streamlines the process. These thermostats allow you to determine a schedule for your HVAC system and automatically regulates the temperature in your home to match it. A smart thermostat takes your control a step further, usually allowing you to set the temperature wirelessly from almost anywhere. Talk with The Frazier Company to see if either of these options are a good fit for you.

Review Your Equipment

Older HVAC equipment can be an issue on your energy bill each month. Whether they’re no longer working efficiently, are the incorrect size for your home or lack the energy efficiency new systems provide, there’s a likelihood your system is costing you extra money if it’s more than 10 years old.

When you’ve decided it’s time to look for a replacement system, The Frazier Company can help you out. We’ll help you get to know different efficiency ratings and select a system that will work for your needs.

If you have other questions about managing your energy costs, need to book maintenance or want to discuss new system choices, the team at The Frazier Company in Omaha is ready to guide you. Call us at 402-896-5900 or schedule an appointment online.

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