The most outstanding thing about this state is, the degree to which it stands out. It is completely unique in so many ways, from its climate, to its geography, to its history. Utah has four different categories of climate that relate to its singular geography. But it’s within the smallest 3 percent of Utah’s land, running in a thin swathe along the Wasatch Front, with its humid continental-hot summer climate that over two-thirds of Utah’s population lives. This area is situated at the foot of the Wasatch Mountains on the western boundary of the Rockies. We at Choice Home Warranty take pride in providing the peace of mind that comes with reliable home warranty protection. Whether its climate, weather, or even normal wear and tear that threatens to disrupt your Utah home’s systems and appliances, our team of certified technicians will be there for you.
Of the remainder of Utah, approximately 33 percent is true desert; 40 percent is steppe, which are the areas which occur between the edges of the deserts and the mountains; and 24 percent is mountains with an undifferentiated highland climate, most of which have severe winters and cool to cold summers. In fact, Utah is one of the three highest states in the United States, with an average elevation of 6,100 feet above sea level; and, its lowest point, at Beaverdam Wash, is 2,000 feet above sea level. Most cities and towns can be found at elevations between 3,000 and 7,000 feet. The highest point in Utah is King’s Peak at 13,538 feet, located in the Uinta Range of the Rockies.
Vast areas of Utah are uninhabited. But many of these areas provide some of the most breathtaking vistas in the nation. In addition, Utah boasts 6 national parks, 6 national forests, and 43 state parks where the most incredible, and odd, things can be found. Arches National Park, for example, has over 2,000 natural rock arches. In Goblin Valley State Park, you can explore thousands of “hoodoos” – strangely shaped pillars of sandstone rising as much as 150 feet above the bedrock. If archaeology is your thing, the Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry is for you. One of the world’s leading sources of dinosaur fossils, it has produced over 30 complete skeletons, intact eggs, thousands of individual bones, and more.
Perhaps two of the most famous, and incredible finds in Utah are The Great Salt Lake, and Pando, The Trembling Giant. Jim Bridger was the first European to discover the amazing body of water now known as The Great Salt Lake, 23 years before a permanent settlement was established there. This lake encompasses 2,100 square miles, but it is only 13 feet deep, on average, and 34 feet at its deepest.
The Great Salt Lake, as the name implies, is very salty. In fact, at 75 miles long and 35 feet wide, it is the largest salted lake in the western hemisphere. To the west and southwest of the lake lies the Great Salt Lake Desert, which holds at its center the Bonneville Salt Flats, approximately 4,000 acres of hard, flat salt beds.
Pando also lives up to its name, as it is quite enormous, including approximately 47,000 quaking aspens. However, these trees all share the same root system, making Pando a single living organism. It is estimated to be over one million years old! This giant is perhaps the oldest organism on the planet.
On July 24, 1847, seeking religious freedom, Mormon pioneers, led by Brigham Young, established Salt Lake City in the Great Salt Lake Valley. They were a company of only 143 men, 3 women and 2 children. At that time, the land belonged to Mexico. However, after the Mexican-American war, the treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ceded the land to the United States in 1848. In that same year, an infestation of crickets nearly wiped out the pioneers’ early crops, but flocks of seagulls descended and feasted on the crickets for two weeks, saving the harvest. To this day, the California Seagull is respected in Utah and is its state bird.
In 1850, Utah became a Territory, but it wasn’t until 1896 that it became our 45th state. However, much was happening in Utah during that time. The final connection of the first transcontinental telegraph occurred in Salt Lake City in 1861. Then, on May 10, 1869, the first transcontinental railroad was completed by the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railroads, joining the East to the West at Promontory Summit. This is approximately 80 miles to the northwest of Salt Lake City. But before this auspicious event even occurred, about 70,000 Mormon pioneers had already migrated to the Utah Territory. Today, approximately 55 percent of Utah’s residents are members of this church.
One of the reasons Utah is growing so fast could be that it has one of the highest birth rates in the nation. But, it can also boast the youngest and healthiest population in the entire country. Not only that, Utah has the highest literacy rate of any state in the U.S., along with more high school and college graduates.
Utah’s people gather where they do primarily because the weather and climate are milder there than other places in the state. Although Utah is our 13th largest state by area, covering over 84,900 square miles, only certain areas, such as the Wasatch Front, are comfortable to live in. For instance, temperatures can fluctuate from the upper 100s in summer in the south of Utah to far below zero in winter in the north.
In Salt Lake City, the average July high is around 90°F and the average January low is around 26°F. It gets about 19 inches of rain per year. But the U.S. average is 39 inches. Salt Lake City sees an average of 47 inches of snow each year, with the U.S. average being 26. Still, the Great Salt Lake causes lake effect snowstorms to occur when cold air moves above the warmer, moist air from the lake. This is worsened by the fact that the lake’s salinity keeps it from freezing in the winter.
Not surprisingly, of all natural hazards, winter storms is the most common in Utah, according to NOAA data. While this is moderated somewhat in the Great Salt Lake Valley, the mountains near Salt Lake City see an average of 500 inches of snow per year. No wonder Utah is so famous for its skiing. The second most common natural hazard in Utah is thunderstorms and lightning, occurring from March through October.
While the Salt Lake City metro area may have over a million people, the city proper has only 198,356 residents. Still, St. George, all the way down in the southwest corner of the state, is one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in our nation. The city, itself, currently has 86,696 residents. Wherever you live in Utah, a Utah home warranty can help protect your home from damages to your critical home systems and appliances should the unexpected happen.
A home warranty is not the same as homeowner’s insurance. A home warranty in Utah will provide you with protections beyond and in addition to your homeowner’s policy. In fact, a Utah home warranty from Choice Home Warranty will even cover you for damages caused by normal wear and tear.
Protect your Utah Home and Appliances
The median home value in Utah is currently $320,900. This is an increase of 13 percent since August of 2017; and, home values are expected to further increase by 7.8 percent through August of 2019. A home warranty in Utah can protect your home and its critical appliances and systems should unexpected problems or breakdowns occur. And, since nearly 70 percent of Utah residents own their homes, this can be quite a boon.
Have you recently put your Utah home up for sale? Home warranty companies in Utah will cover your systems and appliances while your home is on the market. That way, you won’t have to worry about expending hundreds or even thousands of dollars on a repair or replacement during this stressful period. Plus, 8 out of 10 homeowners would rather buy a home that is already covered by a home warranty. This can certainly increase the marketability of your Utah home.
Are you in the market to buy a home in Utah? Of course, you’re looking for your dream home. Since you certainly wouldn’t want to get stuck with a huge repair bill if something unexpected happens with the home’s systems or appliances, wouldn’t you prefer to know that your new home is already covered by a Utah home warranty? After all, you’re already making a huge investment; and, a home warranty in Utah would cover you for repairs or replacements, if necessary.
Winters are chilly no matter where you are in Utah. The lowest temperature ever recorded was -69°F in 1985. (That same year, the record high of 117 was also recorded.) To keep their homes warm in winter, 5 out of 6 homes use natural gas. A little more than 1 in 8 households heat their homes with electricity; and, less than 1 in 100 homes heat with fuel oil or kerosene.
Architecture in Utah dates to the Mormon pioneers who introduced the Pioneer style home to the state. Later in the 19th century, more Victorian style homes, like the Queen Anne, began to appear. From here, styles moved toward the smaller Bungalows with their porches and verandas. Of course, styles became more modern over the years, but the old styles persisted. Despite this, the median age of homes in Utah is just 21-28 years, while it is 37 years for the nation.
Be that as it may, the average lifespan of a home appliance is 9 to 15 years, so it isn’t hard to imagine appliances or other critical home systems requiring repairs or even replacements during that time. Of course, 21-28 years is the median age, so many homes are much older. In Utah, where extreme cold and winter storms, high heat and humidity and thunderstorms and lightening can all be hazardous to your home’s systems and appliances, doesn’t it make sense to want to protect them?
Temperatures dip down into the 20s and below, even in Salt Lake City. The last thing you want on a cold winter morning is a cold shower. A new water heater, especially a gas water heater, could cost you well over $1,000. But a Basic Plan from Choice Home Warranty will cover your water heater for any needed repairs, or even a full replacement. Of course, it’s always best to try to avoid a total breakdown by calling your Utah home warranty company at the first sign of trouble. Your heating system and ductwork are also covered under the Basic Plan, so you don’t have to worry about frigid nights, piling on the quilts, lying awake until morning.
Salt Lake City summers are surprisingly hot and humid, considering that the city is in north central Utah. You wouldn’t want to go without your air conditioner in such hot, sticky weather. Upgrade to a Total Plan and your air conditioner is covered.
You can undoubtedly appreciate how important it is in Utah to keep your home’s systems and appliances in good working order. With a home warranty plan from Choice Home Warranty you can do this with ease. When you notice a problem, like a strange noise from your water heater, just make a service call. This way you can get the help you need to protect your critical appliances and home systems before they break down.
Why is a Home Warranty Necessary in Utah?
Heat and humidity, extreme cold and storms can all wreak havoc with your home’s systems and appliances. A Utah home warranty can help protect you when covered items break down, even if the breakdown is due to normal wear and tear damages.
Utah is truly a land of beauty. And whether you enjoy the skiing, or just exploring the miles and miles of wonders, such as the arches or the hoodoos or Pando, at some point you’ll have to come home and wash your clothes. It would really ruin a perfect day to have one of your laundry appliances go on the fritz.
Fortunately, the Total Plan also covers these crucial machines: your clothes washer and dryer. Take the dryer, for example. There seems no end to the things that can go wrong with it. The thermal fuse could be broken or just go bad, the thermostat could be broken or bad, the motor could burn out, or you could have a bad power cord, to name just a few. A new dryer, gas or electric, could cost over $1,000. Again, a service call at the first hint of a problem could save you from a total breakdown and laundry piling up.
And don’t worry about your kitchen. Those crucial appliances: your oven, range, cooktop, built-in microwave, dishwasher and disposal, are all covered under the Basic Plan. Upgrade to a Total Plan and your refrigerator is also covered. Best of all, with the Total Plan, you get all the benefits of the Basic Plan as well.
Utah home warranty plans also have many add-on coverages to offer, including coverage for second refrigerators and stand-alone freezers, as well as for central vacuum systems. Does your neighborhood use septic instead of sewer? There is add-on coverage for these systems too, as well as for septic tank pumping. With these add-on coverages you can design the plan that best meets your needs in Utah.
What Does an Alaska Warranty Cover?
|Covered Items*||Total Plan||Basic Plan|
|Air Conditioning System|
|Oven / Range / Stove|
|Garage Door Opener|
|Ceiling and Exhaust Fans|
|Pool / Spa||Well Pump||Sump Pump|
|Central Vacuum||Limited Roof Leak||Septic System|
|Second Refrigerator||Stand Alone Freezer||Septic Tank Pumping|
How does a Utah Home Warranty Work?
At the first sign of a problem with one of your covered appliances or systems, just call customer service. They will get you in touch with a service professional who can handle the necessary repairs for you. All service providers are fully insured, licensed, highly rated, and carefully checked out before being sent to your home. This ensures your satisfaction with your service experience.
At the first visit, you will pay a small service fee. After that, all work on your covered item will be taken care of by your home warranty company. With a Utah home warranty, all you need worry about is keeping a modest repair account to cover service fees. You won’t have to be afraid that a single repair or replacement will wipe out your savings or your hard-earned emergency fund.
If your covered item can’t be repaired, as determined by the service technician, it will be replaced under your plan. Even though Utah’s homes may be young in the median, this is still quite valuable, as they are old enough, even now, for appliances to be wearing out and systems to be needing repairs.
With two plans to choose from, plus diverse add-on protections, you can tailor a home warranty plan with Choice Home Warranty to custom fit your needs and lifestyle. If you are looking for a comprehensive home warranty plan in Utah, Choice home warranty is an excellent option.