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The colder seasons are actually my favorite. Fall first, then winter. I love the snow. I also love that it’s a chance to cozy up and stay indoors, spending time with my family. Though whether bundling up in a favorite blanket with a cup of hot chocolate or sitting by the wood-burning fireplace, keeping warm is key this winter.
To ensure a wonderful and cozy winter season, licensed contractor and TV home-improvement expert David Leon from Home Made Simple on the Oprah Winfrey Network has provided the following tips to help make your home as comfy as possible this season.
Heating system and air filters â€“ 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.
Seal the leaks â€“ 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.
Plumbing â€“ 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.
Have a plan – When you own a home, you know that things are going to break down â€“ 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.
Homeowners should also be aware of important warning signs and potential heating system hazards to protect their homes from any accidents. 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. To help prevent heating system hazards, always be aware of gas odors. You should check your pilot light as well, and take a close look at your exhaust fan for any rust, damage or deterioration.
You can watch helpful videos from the American Home Shield team about a variety of home maintenance tips and home heating warning signs, hosted by David Leon. American Home Shield also publishes the Home Matters blog, a resource to help homeowners balance their busy lives with tips and news on everything home. You can also follow American Home Shield on Twitter.