The 5 Step Guide to Prepping Your Home for a Utah Winter


For any Utah resident, no other season requires quite the preparation that winter does. The snowy scenery, while beautiful, can be a headache if your pipes freeze, you need an emergency furnace repair, or you aren’t stocked up on winter weather gear and supplies. Winter is unavoidable and potentially dangerous, it’s important to prep ahead of the season with these five steps.

Prevent Frozen Pipes

Used with permission of Patterson Custom Homes, Brandon Architects and photographer Darlene Halaby

Frozen pipes can burst during the winter and leave you with nothing but thousands of dollars in damage and repairs. The long-term solution is to install better installation and wrap your pipes in foam rubber and other insulating materials. Do this so you don’t regret it later.

Have a Furnace Inspection

A furnace is everything to you and your home in the winter, you will both freeze if it’s not functioning properly. You should have your furnace professionally inspected once a year and make sure there are no necessary furnace repairs that need to be done before the temperature drops.

Reverse Your Ceiling Fan Blades

Designed living room
Used with permission of Breeze Giannasio

Fans will keep you cool in the summer, but they can also keep you warm during the cold winter. The trick is to reverse the direction the blades rotate, most fans will have a switch to do so. Because warm air rises, having your fan rotate the opposite way will move the warm air downward.

Prepare Winter & Emergency Supplies

Make sure you have the necessary winter home supplies like a snow shovel, ice salt melt, and even chains for your cars tires in case of a huge storm and bad roads. You should also be sure to keep a stock of emergency supplies with things like flashlights, lighters, batteries, fire extinguishers, first aid kits, and a short term food supply in case of any emergency without power.

Seal Up Your Entrances

Dining room with big windows, table and chairs
Used with permission of Meg Lonergan

If you notice that your home’s doors and windows are a bit colder or you feel a draft coming in you, you may have to reseal them. Heat will escape through any tiny crack in a home, so use caulk to repair cracks that you find around doors and windows.

Don’t Wait

Plan your budget and start prepping for winter today. It comes so much faster than you think, and you don’t want to be late wishing you had taken these steps more seriously.

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