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...