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Tips to Safely Heat Your Home for the Winter

December 9, 2020

As the temperature drops outside, we start to think about the best ways to keep warm. Utah is known for its cold temperatures and for many homeowners, the winter season can bring challenges. We recognize the considerations that come with home heating in Utah County and have created this handy guide to inform you about safety precautions and heating tips based on however you choose to heat your space this winter.

Gas Furnaces

Gas furnaces are the most common type of furnace in colder climates such as Utah. They heat up your home more quickly than other options due to their coil heating system. When maintained properly, these furnaces last over 20 years, making them a great feature in new homes. The maintenance required for gas furnaces is minimal, but there are a few things to note if you have one in your home:
● Check your thermostat when you first turn on the heat to make sure it’s functioning from last season
● Clean the filter, blower, vents, and furnace ducts regularly
● Schedule an annual check-up with a professional

Space Heaters

Space heaters are great for conserving energy and allow you to customize your warmth based on the room. They are efficient for when you want to heat a small space without turning on the heat throughout the house. While there are pros to space heaters, there are some safety considerations as well. Over 25,000 fires are started from space heaters each year, and you should consider these tips to use space heaters safely:
● Buy a space heater with a built-in timer. That way, it will automatically turn off in case you forget
● Keep space heaters away from flammable items
● Make sure your space heater turns off when it’s knocked over


Fireplaces are a great addition to any new home. While Most fireplaces do not provide enough heat for the entire house, they create a pleasing aesthetic for entertaining. The nature of fireplaces means that there are some safety considerations when using them in your home:
● Use items like firewood, newspaper, and matches to start a fire. Avoid flammable liquids or charcoal that could trap harmful chemical vapors in your indoor space
● Make sure to properly snuff out the fire before leaving the room, Smokey the Bear style.

Other Tips for Heating Your Home

Aside from building a fire or buying a space heater on Amazon, there are
other ways to stay warm around the house:
● Close doors and vents in unused rooms – this will allow more hot air to circulate into the rooms you are using.
● Buy heavy curtains or insulation kits. These items prevent cold air from coming through the windows.

McArthur Homes is your partner when choosing a new home, building a new home and beyond. Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions or need assistance in keeping your home warm.

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This post was written by Paige Giles

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