Winter time in Ogden, Utah can be brutal—which means homeowners often run their heat more and longer. There are several things you can do to save money on energy expenses this winter, like putting on more clothes and adding blankets to the bed, but what about things you can do with your heating system to optimize its efficiency? Below are a few tips from the experts at Mountain Air Conditioning & Heating.
For more information on how to save on your heating bills, contact Mountain Air today at 801-416-2215.
Follow These Tips to Lower Utility Bills
Turn down your thermostat to 68 degrees, or lower if you still feel comfortable. For every degree you lower your heat (in the 60 to 70 degree range). You can save up to five percent on your heating costs. During the day when no one is home, you can even set your thermostat a little lower. If you have a programmable thermostat, you can set it to automatically change temperatures during the day.
Clean or replace your furnace’s air filters. When the air filter is dirty, it can restrict airflow and increase the amount of energy needed to operate your heating system.
Have your furnace tuned up. Keeping your furnace clean and lubricated will reduce the amount of energy it uses to perform its daily functions. Having your furnace tuned up can also save you up to 5 percent on your heating costs. Mountain Air’s NATE-certified technicians can perform furnace repairs, if necessary.
Lower your hot water temperature. Your water heater should be set to the “normal” setting or set to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. Double check with your dishwasher manufacturer to make sure your dishwasher doesn’t require other settings. Lowering the temperature of your water can save you between seven and eleven percent on your water heating costs.
Check for and seal all leaks. Cold air can leak into your home through windows, electrical conduits, doors, and cracks in the wall and floor. Check your home for cracks and seal all leaks. Check underneath sinks and in closets where pipes are visible. Leaks in the wall there can let in a lot of cold air. Caulk works the best for small gaps, but we recommend hiring professionals if you are unsure how to seal leaks—contact Mountain Air today!
Replace your old furnace. Older furnaces aren’t very efficient and can waste a ton of money running each winter. Consider replacing your furnace with a newer, energy-efficient one. The experts at Mountain Air can recommend a furnace that is a perfect fit for your home.
If you live in the Ogden, Utah area and you’re interested in learning more about saving money on your heating bills, call Mountain Air today at 801-416-2215. We can provide insightful information on all heating services, including furnace replacement and furnace maintenance.