We may be in the dog days of summer now, but winter will be here before we know it. It’s not too early to start thinking about your home’s heating components. The last thing you want to be dealing with when the snow starts to fall is a furnace or boiler that isn’t effectively heating your home. So what can you do to ensure that your furnace or boiler will be functioning properly all winter long? There are a few steps you can take to make sure you’re taking care of your furnace or boiler properly. Here are some things to consider as the temps outside start to drop, and you’re relying on your home’s heating components to keep you and your family safe and warm:
The question often gets asked of All Utah Plumbing Furnace and Boiler specialists is if “it’s okay to turn my furnace (or boiler) to just above freezing to reduce my bill if I am going to be on a lengthy vacation?”
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 County furnace and boiler specialist. We have been in business for over 10 years and we’ve helped thousands of Utahns, just like you, make sure their home is heated right. We don’t believe in price gouging, as we want customers for life, not just for a job. Our White Glove Service means we are committed to you and your home as if it were ours.
So as you’re sweating out these last weeks of summer, consider All Utah Plumbing as your resource for your home’s heating components. Our experts can help with furnace and boiler replacement, installation, and repair in Salt Lake City and surrounding communities.