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Quick Tips Articles

When it feels like your life is running on empty, keeping up with work, family and all of life’s little chores managing the home can take a back seat. Learn quick-tips for the home from organizing, cleaning, maintenance, safety and more.

How to Prepare Your Home For an Arctic Blast

Whether it's a polar vortex, arctic blast or old-fashioned winter storm, protect your home and stay warm with these tips.

Can't Miss Tips for Clean Gutters

Cleaning your gutters can be a small chore, but the benefits could be huge. AHS has simple tips for cleaning and protecting your gutters.

Not Too Scary: Safety Tips for Halloween

Halloween is a night of fun! But safety shouldn't be taken lightly. Follow these tips on Halloween safety to keep you and your kids safe this Halloween season.

Is Your Home Humid Enough?

Too high of humidity levels can lead to mold and mildew within your home. Too low of levels can aggravate respiratory problems. AHS can help you understand the benefits of a humidifier.

How to Locate Your Gas Shut Off Valve

If your house has natural gas, you have a main shut off valve. Learning the location of your shut off valve could save your life.

5 Smart Tips for Getting Rid of Old Appliances

What do you do with your old or broken appliances? AHS can help you figure out the best means of disposal for your old appliances.

Electrical Safety at Home: Stay Safe with These 10 Tips

It is hard to imagine a life without electricity, but this helpful power should not be underestimated. Follow these 10 electrical safety tips to keep you and your family safe.

4 Simple Microwave Cleaning Hacks That Work!

Try these 4 simple methods of cleaning your microwave! These hacks go beyond just cleaning the splatters, by also taming your super-smelly microwave.

5 Ways to Get a Sparkling Clean Bathtub

A clean bathtub can be easier to have than you think. Soap scum, mildew and other gross grimes can look daunting but AHS can help you clean your tub and keep it sparkling.

How to Deep Clean Your Kitchen

The thought of cleaning your kitchen can be intimidating, but there are few better feelings than a clean space. Let AHS help get your kitchen spotless!

Getting Down & Dirty: How To Clean An Oven

Dirty oven? When you have a spill its best to clean it up right away, but whether you have a electric or gas oven, AHS has the proper tips for cleaning your oven

How to Replace a Light Switch

Sick and tired of that one light switch that always seems to be flickering? Ready to tackle that new three-way switch in your den? Let Home Matters shed a little light on how to safely, quickly and easily tackle this common DIY project.

6 Eco-Friendly Solutions to Keep Your Home Clean

Best alternatives for how to clean your home using eco friendly products. What products are considered dangerous, and what are the greenest products for keeping your home clean?

Helpful or Harmful? What to Know About Pool Chemicals

Chlorine is the most common chemical added to pools is chlorine. It acts as a sanitizer, killing bacteria and algae. But is chlorine harmful?

The Best Way to Clean Grout? It May Be Easier Than You Think.

One of the best ways to make your tile look like new is cleaning the grout that fills the gaps between them. Here are some of the best ways to clean the grout in your house

AHS Service Requests Made Easy Online

More customers are enjoying the convenience of requesting service online. It’s a quick way to get your service into action—without ever being put on hold or speaking to anyone. Plus, it’s mobile friendly—check it out for yourself.

5 Reasons Why You Don't Have to Pre-Rinse Your Dishes

Do you have to rinse your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher? Turns out, AHS has the answer and it just might save you more than just time.

Top Load vs. Front Load Washers; Which is better?

Find out more about top load and front load washers, including the pros and cons of each, so you can make an informed purchase.

How to Prevent Clothes From Shrinking and Tips to Revive

One of the best ways to avoid shrinking clothes in the wash is by checking the label of the garments. For more tips on avoiding this laundry disaster, click here.

Top 5 Ways to Maintain Your Vinyl Pool Lining

Vinyl pool liners are an affordable option for those wanting the convenience of a swimming pool in their own backyard. Take care of your vinyl liner all summer long with these 5 tips.

3 Steps to Clean a Fridge in 30 Minutes or Less

There are plenty of reasons to clean a fridge and one big excuse not to — namely, lack of time. But you don’t need to set aside several hours to complete a basic clean-out. Get it done in 30 minutes with this guide.

How Air Conditioning Works

Air conditioners work by removing heat from the inside of your home and releasing outside. Learn more about the process of AC and the importance of the 5 main components.

5 Outdoor Home Improvement Ideas for Every Homeowner

Looking for some outdoor home improvement ideas? With a little effort and imagination, you can complete each of these five outdoor home improvement projects in as little as one weekend.

3 Basic Ways to Prep Your Pool for Summer

As a pool owner, we know you may be ready for summer, but is your pool? Now’s the time to make sure your pool is the place for family fun all season long.

8 Thrifty Ways to Clean Your Garbage Disposal

Did you know that your home’s garbage disposal needs to be cleaned regularly? During use, food particles and residue can be left behind and cause the unit to have an unpleasant odor.

The Definitive Guide to Black Mold Removal

Mold is an essential part of nature, but when it enters the home it can be very dangerous. Use this guide to help you remove black mold from your home.

The Complete Guide: Best Appliances for Small Kitchens

A small kitchen can be a blessing or a curse. This guide for small kitchens helps you navigate the best appliances for small kitchens along with different options.

The Great {Baking} Debate: What’s the Best Oven for Baking?

What’s the best oven for baking? We outline all the pros and cons for gas, electric & convection ovens for baking - learn which one is best for you.

Water Woes: Can Hard Water Damage Pipes?

Hard water can dry out skin and hair and be hard to drink, but what about your pipes? Learn how to prevent clogged and damaged pipes with these solutions.

Water Woes: Why is My Hot Water Brown and Stinky?

Did you know that smelly, discolored water is often a sign that something is wrong with your water heater? Learn what to look for and what to do.

3 Ways Cold Temps Can Affect Your Home

Ever wonder if extreme cold can damage your home? Learn how to help prevent common winter woes - frozen pipes, drywall cracks, frost heave - with these tips.

Practical Snow Shoveling Tips to Use This Winter

Snow shoveling. Whether you love it or hate it, here are some useful tips to protect your home from snow and ice damage and your family from slips and falls.

How to Winterize Your Deck

Love your wooden deck in the summer? Then learn how to protect against winter winds, ice and snow with these tips - covering deck, ice melts, how to shovel.

Make Your Dream of Instant Hot Water in Your Home a Reality

No ones likes getting splashed with cold water during the winter. Learn how to get hot water faster and how this affects your heating and plumbing.

How to Reach Your Personal Goals: Home Edition

Start the year or finish it by achieving your homeowner goals! Paying off your mortgage or doing home repairs is probably on your list. Get set to reach your goals!

Trash Compactor 101: Why You Need One

Wondering if a trash compactor is a good idea for your home? Did you know AHS covers trash compactors? Learn how they work and who they benefit.

Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it … Whoa! How to Remove Snow and Ice From Your Home

Snow and ice can be brutal to a home and driveway. Don't let this winter take a beating on your home or your spirits. Use these tips for snow and ice removal!

Protect Your Home Against Snow

How to remove snow and ice or prevent them from building up on your home is good winter maintenance. Snow and ice can take a toll on home systems and exteriors.

Take Your Radiator From an Eyesore to a Work of Art

Not able to update your old radiator? Then disguise your radiator with these stylish options - everything from painting it to building a fake fireplace!

What Is the Difference Between a Furnace and a Boiler?

Furnaces and boilers are the same ... or are they? Both heat homes, but they do it differently. Learn how they differ and the pros and cons of furnaces and boilers.

How to Choose the Best Stove for Your Kitchen

Are cooktops range stoves? Induction, gas, or electric? Stoves come with choices. Learn the basics of each type and what to consider when choosing a stove.

Wondering How to Make Your Home Smell Like Fall? Here are 5 Simple Tips!

Love the smells of pumpkin spice and cinnamon? Then autumn is probably your favorite season! Learn how to bring the smell of fall into your home with these tips.

Prepare Your Fridge for Thanksgiving in 5 Steps

The highlight of Thanksgiving is definitely the food. Before Turkey Day, get your fridge ready for leftovers with these tips on how to organize your fridge.

Which Home Radiator is Best for You?

Radiators and their metal coils are familiar to many. But did you know there are different types or how radiators work? Learn how each heats a home.

Is Old Electrical Wiring Dangerous?

Old homes have charm. They also often have electrical wiring issues. Learn about the most common problems, solutions, and repair costs, and how AHS can help.

Should I Buy a Water Filter?

Water filters can improve the taste and the safety of tap water. Learn what to look for when choosing a water filter and how they work.

4 Ways to Update Your Lighting Without an Electrician

Ready to change the mood of your home, but not ready to commit to an electrician or a home renovation? Relax. Learn to change the lighting without electrical wiring.

Safety First: How to Change a Light Socket Step By Step

Before you throw out your favorite lamp, see if the problem is only a loose socket or one that needs to be changed. Learn how to easily change the light socket.

How to Winterize Your Pool in 4 Steps

Do you know what to do with your swimming pool once the temperatures drop? Learn how to get your pool ready for winter, so it'll be in tip-top shape next summer.

Do You Need to Adjust Your Thermostat When the Weather Changes?

Turn on the heater or turn off the A/C? As summer becomes fall, temperatures fluctuate from hot to cold. Use these tips to keep heating and cooling costs in check!

Update Your Home With These Trending Appliances

Whether you're looking to modernize or simplify your home's look or home systems, the latest appliance trends can do both, as well as make your home life easier.

Reduce Your Water Bill with a Low-Flow Toilet

Thinking of installing a low flow toilet? Whether you're looking to save money on water costs or to be kinder to the environment, find out the pros and cons.

How to Organize Your Garage Attic Space

Running out of storage space in your garage? Then use the attic space above it! Even if the attic space has odd angles, here are easy ways to use it for storage.

A/C Troubleshooting: Why Are My Air Ducts Sweating?

Do you have sweating ductwork? If you've noticed condensation building up on your ducts every time you turn on the A/C, learn what it means and what to do.

Get Skills — Tips on How to Learn Home Improvement Skills

Ready to learn your way around power tools or to save money doing basic home repairs? Then read on for tips on how to gain these handyman skills in no time!

Dispose Wisely: How to Choose a Garbage Disposal

We rarely think about it, but most of us use it daily. Learn the signs your garbage disposal needs to be replaced and what to look for when shopping for a new one.

DIY Tips to Keep Your Dishwasher Air Gap Running Smoothly

The next time your garbage disposal or dishwasher gets backed up, you'll be grateful the air gap works properly. Why? It prevents food from going into the faucet.

Ductless Air Conditioner — Is It Right For Me?

If you’re looking for a new HVAC solution for your home, you may want to consider a ductless air conditioner. Some older homes simply cannot accommodate the extensive ductwork required by a central heating and cooling system.

Ceiling Fans — A Home's Best Friend In Summer

Before the next heat wave reaches your home, prepare your ceiling fans! Learn why blades turning counter-clockwise cool a room and how fans can assist your A/C.

Flooring 101: How to Choose Flooring That Matches Your Lifestyle

Your flooring is one of the most important parts of your home. It needs to be able to handle whatever you throw at it (or on it, for that matter) — whether it’s high heels, hyper dogs or hangry toddlers.

Homeowner Basics: Where is My Water Shut-Off Valve?

Picture this - water from a burst pipe filling your home and you don't know how to stop it. Scary. Learn how to turn off the main water source to limit damage.

Basic Tools Every Homeowner Should Own

Owning a home is a good excuse to build up your toolbox, but do you know what tools are essential? AHS lists the tools that make most basic home repairs easier.

Is Geothermal Air Conditioning Right For You?

Can a heat source from the ground really save you on heating and cooling costs? Find out the pros of geothermal air conditioning, how it works, and what to consider.

A/C Not Working? 3 Steps to Troubleshoot Your A/C

So you've missed the signs that your A/C was on it's way out, what do you do now? AHS offers tips to figure out the cause and to know when you need to contact a pro.

Keeping Cool - What To Do In Extreme Heat

Keep yourself and your home cool this summer, even in the hottest temperatures with these tips. Making small changes to ceiling fans and windows can have an impact!

6 Pool Storage Ideas You Can Use Today

Rising temperatures mean pool time! But before your pool area and home is filled with damp towels, use these tips to keep the area clear so you enjoy your swim!

Cleaning Tips for Dog Hair in the Pool

Dogs in swimming pools lead to fur clogging the filtration system. Get tips on keeping your pool clean when your four-legged best friend won't stay out of the pool!

How to Repair Common Driveway Problems

Occasionally repairing the driveway is part of being a homeowner. Learn what you can fix yourself, what to consider before you DIY, and when you need to hire a pro.

Got Pool Problems?

Let an American Home Shield home warranty cover repairs from normal wear and tear on your pool parts. Learn more about what we cover so you can enjoy your pool!

5 Pool Care Mistakes You May Be Making

Here are five maintenance mishaps that you may be doing and that, unfortunately, can actually reduce the lifespan of your swimming pool.

What Is A Pool Sweep and How Do You Maintain It?

You can't enjoy your pool if it's dirty. No matter the type of pool sweep or pool vacuum you have, AHS has tips to keep it working so you can enjoy the pool.

What is a Shower Diverter Valve?

Most homes have a shower diverter valve, but do you know what your diverter valve does? The answer depends on where it's located.

Bathroom Cleaning 101: What You Need to Know

What's the dirtiest place in the bathroom? The answer may surprise you. Here is all you need to know to start a regular bathroom cleaning routine.

What you Need to Know about Roof Leaks

A leaky roof can lead to water damage and mold. Learn tips on how to find the water source and how to prevent further damage until you can repair the leak.

Tips for Using Your Dryer Effectively

Dryers can be expensive. So before you have to replace yours, don't you want to know how long it should last? Learn how to care for your dryer so it works well.

5 Home Improvement Projects for Beginners

Don't be afraid to swing that hammer or dip that paintbrush. AHS has some easy tips to get you started on some DIY home projects. Get your tools ready!

When is the Best Time to Buy Appliances?

Looking to get a great deal on a new appliance, but not sure the best time to buy? Check out the best months, days and times to buy.

4 Benefits to Spring Forward for Daylight Saving Time

Daylight saving time (DST) isn't all bad. In fact, when we move an hour ahead, we enjoy more daytime hours and use less energy. Learn reasons not to dread this time of the year.

What Are the Benefits of Natural Light in Your Home?

Open the blinds, and let there be light! Natural light can not only reduce your electric bill, it can also brighten your mood. Learn more with these tips from AHS.

How Does A Self-Cleaning Oven Work?

Self-cleaning ovens can save you time from long hours of laboring over a dirty, grimy oven. Check out these tips to learn how to use this feature.

7 Things Homeowner’s Insurance Often Doesn’t Cover

Homeowners insurance is necessary, especially if you have a mortgage, but what do you do about what your policy won't cover? Find out how a home warranty can help.

How to Choose a Microwave Oven: 7 Questions to Ask

Before you buy that new microwave, ask yourself these seven questions! Considering the type and features that will fit your kitchen and your needs is important.

How is a Home Warranty Different Than a Manufacturer's Warranty

Trying to decide between warranties? Here is all you need to know about what a home warranty covers and how that differs from a manufacturer's warranty.

How to Clean Your Oven Hood

Vent hoods can get incredibly greasy, dusty and grimy. Before you give up, check out these tips to keep your oven hood functioning properly and looking its best.

Love is in The Air . . . Make Sure It’s Clean

Clean air inside of your home is good for your health and well-being. Learn the most common culprits of poor indoor air quality and how you can solve these issues.

Making Home Warranty Comparisons

Comparing home warranties enables you to pick the right plan for you. American Home Shield shares what to consider before choosing a plan: coverage, cost, price, etc.

How to Choose a Refrigerator

Need a new fridge? Consider exterior and interior size, style and finishes, and energy usage. Know what refrigerator type best fits your household needs and habits.

What's Your Type? Fridge Styles for Every Home

Buying a new fridge? You’ve probably been overwhelmed by the sheer selection of machines. There are a variety of fridge types, sizes and features, making for a potentially complicated shopping experience. 

Who Needs a Home Warranty? You Do! Here’s Why.

Home warranties can reduce repair costs, especially if you have older appliances or need-to-repair home systems. Learn how you can benefit.

How to Prepare for Winter Storms

Winter can be brutal. Learn how to create a winter survival kit and how to heat your home safely to help survive any blizzard or snowstorm that comes your way.

No Rock Salt? 5 Homemade Ice Melts to Try

Rock salt is a great way to melt ice, but it's not the only way. Check out these 5 homemade ice melts made from items you probably already have at home.

7 Winter Safety Hacks for Your Driveway

Safety from slips and falls in winter is a must. Here are 7 methods to safely rid snow and ice from your driveway.

12 Days of Home Efficiency

Energy savings can be as easy as air-drying dishes and using florescent light bulbs. Follow these tips, and in 12 days, you can create a more energy-efficient home.

6 Holiday Headaches You Can Control with an AHS® Home Warranty Plan

The holidays can be both joyous and stressful. With a home warranty, unexpected repairs can be fixed quickly by reliable technicians. Save yourself the headache!

Winterize Your Fireplace in Time for the Holidays

Before you light a fire in your fireplace, use these tips to perform proper fireplace and chimney maintenance and safety so you can sit back and enjoy the warmth.

What Type Of Water Heater Is Right For You?

With so many types of water heaters available, it may be hard choosing the right one or to understand the one you have. This guide explains the pros & cons of each.

Is Your Home Ready For Winter?

Is Your Home Ready For Winter?

Home Energy Ratings: What You Need to Know and Infographic

Home energy ratings don't need to be complicated. Here is a guide to understanding the acronyms and how they impact your heating costs and energy efficiency.

Five Important Fall Home Maintenance Tips

Each season brings different home maintenance challenges. Work done in fall will prepare your home for the winter cold. Here are the most important tasks for fall.

Get Your Kitchen Ready For Thanksgiving

Prepare your kitchen for Thanksgiving. Follow these simple tips to save time, energy and a great deal of stress, allowing you to simply relax and enjoy the day.