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By Greg Stock, 06/20/2019
As we begrudgingly make our way through the storm season, while casting a wary eye toward the 2019 hurricane season, this is a great time to review the hazards and coverage associated with these events to make sure you are adequately prepared. The U.S. has already experienced heavy rains, flooding, hail, and...

By Robert Esposito, 06/17/2019
Truck side guards are devices designed to keep vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists from being injured or killed by large trucks in side-impact collisions. Side guards have been required standard equipment since the 1980s in Europe and Japan, and more recently in Brazil. They are also widely adopted in China,...

Preparing Your Furnace for Winter
By Ivy Crum,

The bitter winter months are here. Everyone wants to stay warm and comfortable in their home by turning up the heat yet they want to save money as well.

Although heating can be expensive, it is necessary to keep warm. To stay warm and save money this winter, follow these six steps:

  1. Change your thermostat from cooling to heating.
  2. Check your furnace filter for dirt, dust and grime once a month during the winter and clean as needed.
  3. Move flammable objects away from your furnace to avoid a costly house fire.
  4. Check for air leaks in exposed ductwork. If there are any leaks, tape them up as leaks are a top “energy waster” in homes.
  5. Make sure your heating vents are uncovered to prevent your furnace from overheating.
  6. If you suspect that your furnace is not working properly, have a professional inspect it. According to Angie’s List, an inspection costs between $60 and $85 where as a new furnace will cost $3900.

Be proactive by following these tips to avoid having to buy a new furnace or pay for costly repairs as insurance might not cover damages to your furnace. To learn more about what items in your home are covered on your homeowners’ policy, visit AssuredPartners Personal Insurance.

Sources: consumerenergycenter.org, NFPA and Angie’s List