Handling the Holidays: Part II of III

Holidays Checklist Pt II of III

You’ve made it through Thanksgiving, and hopefully gotten a head start on the rest of the year! Here are a few more checklist items for you, to keep you on track. Dec. 1 – 8 Gifts En Masse – You’ve got neighbors, coworkers, associates… so many people, so little money. This is where buying gifts […]

Handling the Holidays: Part I of III

Holidays Checklist Part I

The holidays are crazy. Whether you’re shopping for a family of fifteen or preparing meals for the block, it’s easy to get lost in the shuffle of what-all needs to get done. So, what can you do about it? Organize! We know, writing everything down to ‘check off’ is a chore you don’t exactly want […]

APHW Employee & Veteran Husband Volunteer for Veterans Day

Veteran's Day Volunteers

There are more than 20 U.S. veteran suicides every day. Every day. This statistic disproportionally affects older veterans, such as those who served in the Vietnam War, who found they weren’t welcome back home. “We were spit on, yelled at, cursed… most of us took off our uniforms and never spoke of our service again,” […]

Furnace Technician Trains APHW CSRs

Furnace Technician Trains APHW CSRs

When your contractor tries to explain what caused your furnace to fail, what does it sound like? Technical jargon? Straight-up gibberish? Try as they might, some things just can’t be easily translated into layperson. The good news, though, is that your America’s Preferred Home Warranty (APHW) customer service representatives (CSR) will have a pretty good […]

A Homeowner’s Guide to Smoke Detectors

Smoke Detectors

Homeowners love to hate (and share stories about) that annoying chirp smoke detectors emit when the batteries get low. We know these alarms can and do save lives, so we all enjoy the joke—until it isn’t funny anymore. Will your smoke detector be able to help when the need arises? One truly disturbing study found […]

What is a Home Warranty? Let’s Talk.

What is a home warranty?

The first thing you need to know is the difference between a home warranty and homeowners insurance. Homeowners insurance is essentially hazard insurance. This covers damages to your property as a result of external forces (i.e., flooding, fire, etc.) A home warranty, on the other hand, is not insurance but a service contract. It offers coverage […]

Need-to-Know Furnace Maintenance for New Homeowners

Furnace Maintenance for New Homeowners

Turn up the heat! Well, check your furnace first—but then turn up the heat! When outside temperatures start to drop, it’s important to ensure you’re covering the basics of furnace maintenance. This will help you in a number of ways, including extending the life of your furnace—that is one expensive system to replace! Have You […]

APHW Employees Volunteer for Special Olympics

APHW Employees Volunteer for Special Olympics

The smell of freshly mown grass. The sun on your face. The ball. The competition. The cheering fans. These are things most kids enjoy easily. While special needs children may have to work harder to enjoy it, they want to compete just as badly—and win. “That’s what it’s all about,” said Donna, the America’s Preferred […]

Need-to-Know Plumbing Tips for New Homeowners

Plumbing Tips

When your toilet is overflowing, or a pipe is leaking (a LOT), wouldn’t it be nice to know how to stop the onslaught of water? Read on to learn this and other essential tips about household plumbing. Shut It ALL Off Do you know where your main shut off valve is? In the event of […]

How to Use a Whole House Fan

How to Use a Whole House Fan

Do you know what a Whole House Fan is? I didn’t, until I moved into my current home. It came with one, and my real estate agent explained how it pulls the hot air up through the attic and forces it out through the attic vents—a handy way to cool things down quickly in the […]