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winter_home_maintenanceAs the colder winter weather takes hold across the country, it’s important for homeowners to ensure their heating systems are ready to stand up to the frigid temperatures. To help prevent unexpected breakdowns, American Home Shield, is offering five expert tips to maintain heating systems and help ensure homes stay warm.

“Over the last five years, we responded to more than two million service requests for heating system issues, and with a few minor maintenance checks, many of these issues may have been avoided,” says Mike Clear, vice president of operations for American Home Shield.

According to American Home Shield, here are five simple preventive steps to maintain your heating system and prepare yourself before freezing temperatures hit:

  1. Schedule a Maintenance Check-Up: Have your heating system serviced by a qualified professional each year. If you’ve not done so already, call your servicer now to schedule your appointment. Not only can this help keep small issues from turning into bigger, costlier problems, but it can go a long way in extending the life of your system.
  2. Replace Filters: Regularly check your heating system’s filters and replace them as necessary or at the manufacturer’s suggested intervals. Ensuring the filters are clean can help cut energy usage and costs, as well as improve your home’s overall indoor air quality.
  3. Clean Heating Components Regularly: Keep easy-to-reach heating system components like air registers and radiator clean and unobstructed.
  4. Seal the Leaks: Keep warm air in and cold air out by making sure door jambs, windows and such are properly caulked or have necessary weather stripping. Not only will this help you stay warm and comfortable, but it will reduce stress on your heating system.
  5. Consider a Home Warranty this Winter: A home warranty can be purchased at any time and helps homeowners control unexpected repair or replacement costs when a covered item breaks down.

For more information, visit www.ahs.com.

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