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What you need to know about furnaces and boilers this winter

What You Need to Know About Furnaces and Boilers this Winter

People often ask the furnace and boiler specialists at All Utah Plumbing if it’s okay to turn their furnace (or boiler) to just above freezing to reduce their bill if they are going to be out of town for a while. 

Clients also ask if it’s okay to turn their furnace off altogether. The answer to the last question is a resounding, no! You never ever want to turn your furnace or boiler off, especially during the wintertime. Having your temperature set too low can burst pipes and can damage equipment in your home.

The answer to the first question is just a little more complicated. Technically speaking, you can set your furnace to 33 degrees and be just fine, however, if you have different levels in your home, then it is important to note that each level of your home will be heated at different temperatures.

It’s impossible for a single furnace to heat all floors to be exactly the same temperature. Thus, the reason why most thermostats are on the main floor. In the instance you have 3 levels, it will be located on the middle (central) floor.

The absolute lowest we recommend to set your thermostat is 40 degrees, but if you want a little buffer room (highly recommended) to be safe, you may want to set it anywhere from 52 –  55 degrees.

Remember if you have a fridge, with a water line, then the smaller the waterline, the easier it is to freeze. Also, if the back of your fridge is touching an exterior wall, then it is easier for things to freeze on an exterior wall rather than an interior wall.

Smart Thermostats are making a big difference as you can check the temperature of your home at any time right from your cell phone. You can adjust the temperature of your furnace in Utah regardless of where you are, based upon the weather report, or better yet, your thermostat can do it for you.

If you want to save money this year on your gas bills, look to the best. All Utah Plumbing is your Utah furnace and boiler specialist. We have been in business for over 10 years and we’ve helped thousands of Utahn’s, just like you make sure their home is heated well. Our White Glove service means you’ll deal with professional technicians who treat your home as if it were their own. We also don’t believe in price gouging, as we want customers for life, not just for a job. So if you have questions or concerns about your furnace or boiler, contact us today before winter is here. You can also call us at (801) 877-6365.