Seven Water Heater Saving Tips

Seven Water Heater Saving Tips

It’s no secret that utility bills can be expensive, especially during the winter months. And, although we all enjoy the luxury of a hot bath or shower, it comes at a price. Energy costs are continuously going higher and higher and with that in mind, it’s time to focus on your water heating bills. Water heating is the third largest energy expense in your home and accounts for 12% of your utility bill. However, there are several ways that you can lower your bills without sacrificing comfort. To help with water saving, energy and money saving, follow these simple tips. Seven Water Heater Saving Tips Use Less Water. The simplest water heating tip to save money is to use less water. You’d be surprised at how much you can reduce your usage without even noticing it. Some older showerheads have flow rates of 5.5 gallons per minute. Newer models flow at less than half the rate and get you just as clean. Insulate Your Tank. Insulating your hot water tank is a great idea, but you need to be careful. If it’s electric, you want to make sure that you don’t cover the thermostat. If it’s natural gas or oil, make sure you don’t cover the top, bottom, thermostat, or burner compartment. For the safest insulation, call a professional to help you. Use Less Heat. Even though new water heaters sometimes come from the manufacturers with temperatures set at 140-degrees, many people have found that you can lower your water heater temperature to 120-degrees and still be comfortable. Give it a try and see for yourself. Insulate Your Pipes....
5 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

5 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

There’s nothing better than having a fresh start to a new year. It’s so refreshing to get a second chance to reorder and reprioritize your life. Every new year we tend to focus on ourselves, but have you ever thought about ways you can better take care of the place you spend the majority of your time, you know, your home? The air inside your home has a great impact on you and your family’s health. Not many people know, but the air inside your home is actually five times more polluted than the air outside. Scary, right? Because of that, this year you should try these five New Year’s Resolutions for your home and its HVAC system. These five resolutions will put your house in tip-top shape, working to the best of its ability. 5 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home Change your air filters regularly. It’s easy to forget to change your air filters on a regular basis, but it must be done. When a filter is clogged, it forces the air handler to work harder to push the air through the filter, increasing your energy bill. To avoid this, write a reminder on every third month for the rest of the year so you won’t forget. Organize and de-clutter your home. This gives you one of the best feelings in your home. Set aside time to go through closets and drawers and throw out things that are no longer needed and are “just taking up space.” Use totes and boxes to organize your things properly. Not only will this give you peace of mind, but it...
5 Tips for HVAC Winter Efficiency

5 Tips for HVAC Winter Efficiency

The cold weather has approached us which means Utahans all over need to worry about protecting their homes against those chilly, oftentimes relentless winter months. Like most people, you might be wondering how you can protect your wallet from costly utility bills this year. With Connect Building Services, we can help ensure that your home’s HVAC systems are running properly and will hold up throughout the winter. To start you off on the right path, here are five ways in which you can increase your HVAC winter efficiency to get the most out of your heating and cooling systems and to protect your beautiful Utah home. 5 Tips for HVAC Winter Efficiency  Change Filters. About every three months you should have the filters changed in your HVAC systems. Not only does this improve the quality of air in your home, it can help boost the efficiency of your systems, especially if you choose the right filter.With a dirty filter, it makes it more difficult for treated air to pass through, which in turn forces your system to work much harder. With a clean filter, your HVAC systems can run properly and avoid damage and the need for repairs. Seal Ducts. You will need to make sure your heating and cooling ducts are sealed in order to improve your HVAC winter efficiency. When air travels through your home, it passes through ducts. Heated air can escape through the open gaps where the ducts might connect to another.When this air escapes, the temperature in your home drops and your HVAC system has to put out more heated air. By having your...
10 Festive Ways to Decorate for the Holidays

10 Festive Ways to Decorate for the Holidays

The holiday season usually means spending time with your family; which leads to decorating your home in a festive manner. Whether you have a large family coming over for the holidays or you spend it with just a few friends and family members, there are many ways that you can make your home warm and inviting for holiday. We have collected 10 of the most beautiful and festive ways to decorate your home for the holidays that will shine up your living area. 10 Festive Ways to Decorate for the Holidays Make a unique tree from tree branches and ornaments by placing them decoratively on your wall. Keep track of all your holiday cards by attaching them to a string and placing them in the form of a tree! Print a colorful sign with the word “Joy” and cut it out to stick in a white frame. Hang ornaments from ribbon in your window. Make a table centerpiece from a craft sleigh and tree! Gather old Christmas lights and put them around a red candle for your coffee table. Find some matchbooks and stick treats in them to make a fun, homemade advent calendar. Take out your scrabble pieces and make a holiday greeting for your end tables! Pick up some throw pillows from the craft store and spread the joy. Frame a wreath for your fireplace or end table!   These ideas are perfect if you want to spread the holiday cheer in your own unique way. They’re simple and stunning and can keep the holiday spirit throughout your...

10 Small Things You Can Do To Make Your House Better

Your home is your sanctuary so why not decorate it like it deserves? With these small decorating ideas you can make your home look much better without breaking the bank! 10 Small Things You Can Do To Make Your House Better Make a garden out an unexpected item like an old crate box! Use different sized plants to make your space look livelier! Stain or paint cheap furniture from a thrift shop to make it yours. Framing isn’t the only way to display art! Get mat from the frame or art story and pin it as a background. Spruce up your shelves with some patterned shelf paper! Add your own personal touch with DYI coasters! Have a small dining area? Make it feel more open with a rug or some art. Rearranging your books can work wonders! You don’t need to hang your art on the wall. Place it on a shelf for all to see! Create privacy even when you have see-through doors by frosting the glass yourself! Now that you know how to spruce up your house, start making your home your own! For more DIY tips and tricks, follow our...
Give Thanks to Your HVAC System

Give Thanks to Your HVAC System

This holiday season, while you’re giving thanks for your many blessings, be thankful for your HVAC system! Now, we do realize that there are many other things that you are far more thankful for such as health and family, but if you’ve ever had a problem with your system running during the midst of a heat wave or cold snap, then you may be more inclined to realize how much you appreciate, and are thankful for, your heating and cooling system. HVAC systems, including central air conditioning, furnaces and heat pumps, are one of the unsung heroes that keep us comfortable in our homes. We’ve all grown accustomed to the expectation that our home will always remain at a relatively constant and comfortable temperature. We also tend to take for granted the fact that humidity levels in our home remain dry and comfortable, even when the weather outside is sultry and sweltering. While it seems a little silly to think that we would outwardly acknowledge that we are indeed thankful for the comfort we enjoy each day in our homes due to the efficient operation of our HVAC system. It’s only in relatively modern times that homeowners have the means to constantly be comfortable with the help of centralized heating and cooling in the home. In the earlier part of last century and before, people had to find much more creative ways to stay warm and cool in their own homes. Construction of homes was different back then, requiring that certain materials be used to keep outside air from coming in, such as stone and brick. Windows had to...
Fall Energy Saving Tips

Fall Energy Saving Tips

October is here and that means finally adjusting your HVAC system from cold to hot. With this adjustment comes an adjustment in your heating bills, which always puts a damper on your winter funds. Rather than pay high costs for your winter heating, consider the following energy saving tips that can ease the drain on your bank account during the heating months and all year long. Every home is comprised of several systems and each system consumes its share of the energy budget. The goal of any energy-saving strategy is to shrink the size of the budget by organizing and prioritizing energy-usage modifications, short-term efficiency projects and long-term efficiency projects, upgrades and system replacements as they arise. Window Treatments Windows are one of the most important components of the home’s envelope and they deserve special treatment. As much as 40-percent of a home’s heat gain/loss may occur through windows. Today – Older windows typically offer poor R-value. If you touch any window on a cold day or any sun-facing window on a hot day, you can see for yourself how substantial heat gain/loss is for your windows. Open sun-facing window coverings during the daytime (heating months) and close them at night. Short-term – Drape your windows in layers, such as utilizing close-fit blinds, sheer curtains and heavy curtains. By doing this, you can adjust coverings as needed for optimal light infusion and minimal heat loss. Long–term – Window screens and films are practical efficiency treatments that boost R-value, block damaging UV rays, and still allow light into the home. When it’s time to upgrade your windows due to improvements,...