Whether you’ve only just recently moved to Utah or you have lived here your entire life, winter may still pack a surprising punch when it hits with full force. It’s essential that you prepare your home and family each year for this inclement weather, as both your health and comfort depend on it. This starts by scheduling maintenance to ensure that your heating system is ready to do its job.
It’s never too late to schedule heating maintenance if you haven’t done so already—once a year is advisable, and twice a year for heat pumps. Making sure your heating system is working is just the beginning, though. We’ve shared some tips below on how to prep both your home and your family for the chillier temperatures.
The Great Salt Lake Effect
Anyone who lives in the Salt Lake City area may already be familiar with what’s known as the lake effect. This is when cold air moves over a warm body of water and the water vapor rises into the cold mass, where it freezes and is sent back downwind. In Utah especially, this typically results in snowstorms—sometimes severe ones. But what can you do about it?
Limit Your Time Outdoors
When a snowstorm hits, or when temperatures are below freezing, there is only so much that your heater can do to keep you healthy and warm. While you’ll want to ensure your heating system is in good shape, and that you have a backup generator should a winter storm knock power out, you may also want to limit just how much time you and your family spend outdoors, splitting up trips into smaller outings.
Prep for Emergencies
It’s important to be prepared for an emergency, should one occur, this season. This includes putting together an emergency kit for your family or even for each member of your family. These kits should have in them:
- Extra blankets
- First Aid kit
- Spare batteries
- An emergency weather radio
- Three days’ worth of drinkable water
- Non-perishable or canned goods that don’t require cooking
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