DISCLAIMER: This is a sponsored post, written by me, on behalf of American Home Shield.
Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful. With Jack Frost eagerly nipping at your nose, and many weeks of cold weather still left to bear, one might think it's all just a little too much. Never fear! Before you get all stabby, grab a warm, fuzzy blanket and check out these simple and informative home heating tips fromAmerican Home Shield and home improvement expert, David Leon.
When you own a home, you know that things are going to break down – but when it happens, do you know who you’ll call or what you’ll do? A home warranty is a great way to protect your budget against costly repairs, and save yourself the time and hassle of finding a qualified professional to get major systems and appliances up and running again.
Check to make sure your doors and windows are properly sealed so heat doesn’t escape. Inspect caulking and weather stripping around openings for wear and tear, and replace if necessary. This will keep your money from literally slipping right out the window.
Preventive maintenance will extend the life of your heating system, you should have your heating system serviced every year and check the filters system every month. Also, inspect your system’s exhaust vent for rust, damage, or any corrosion.
Busted water pipes can cause expensive damage. Take time now to wrap outside pipes that might be exposed to extreme temperatures. Review the locations for the main water and fuel shut-off valves with all members of your household.
While accidents and incidents will happen, even with the best of planning, they don't have to be a major catastrophe. In 2011, faulty and improperly used heating equipment accounted for nearly 400 deaths nationwide, more than 53,000 fires and $893 million in direct property damage, according to the National Fire Protection Association. Don't become a statistic. To help prevent heating system hazards, be aware of the following critical warning signs when you’re indoors this winter:
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