Homeowners can take several steps to prepare for winter and keep their homes warm. Heating systems should be checked every year by a qualified professional, which could prevent big problems and lengthen the life of the heating system. Air filters should be replaced regularly, based on the manufacturer’s recommendation. Heating components also should be cleaned regularly. Air leaks, such as those that occur around windows and doors, should be sealed with proper caulking or weather stripping. A home warranty may help control costs if certain components of the heating system break down. Hot water heaters also should be checked for leaks or corrosion, and flushed according to the manufacturer’s instructions. | Read More