Your 2020 Home Maintenance Checklist in Austin03/06/2020Tyler Jorgensen The hustle and bustle of 2019 has ended, and 2020 is in full swing. Now, the time has come to get on your New Year’s resolution of making your Austin home more energy efficient on boosting your Austin home’s energy efficiency. Luckily, you need to make only a few easy upgrades to your home,like our quality Polywood® plantation shutters, to make sure that 2020 brings lower energy costs and less adjusting of the thermostat. Prepare your home for years to come with this 2020 home maintenance checklist for Austin. 1.) Keep The Heat In With Energy-Efficient Window Coverings For 2020, say so long to frigid winter drafts and & hi to energy-efficient window coverings with our custom-fitted Polywood® plantation shutters. These beautiful faux wood shutters feature a progressive insulation system offering up to 70% more insulation than wood shutters and 1600% more than aluminum blinds. You will never have to choose between aesthetic or energy efficiency again. Polywood shutters also offer a timeless design quality that works with any decorating scheme and provides energy savings at the same time. These USA-made faux wood shutters will not crack, warp, or chip in spite of varying temperatures or exposure to the sun, and they become a permanent part of your home. Because of the lifetime warranty, you can enjoy the same timeless look and energy efficiency for years to come. 2.) Pay The Heater A Visit Even though you should give your furnace an annual tune-up, 2020 might be just the right time to decide if you should upgrade your HVAC system. Begin by giving your heating system a practice run to ensure it is running the way it should and replace the furnace filter if necessary. Then investigate any clinking, clunking, shuddering, or humidity issues. Don’t feel comfortable checking these items on your own? Consider hiring a heating and cooling expert to take a look at your system for both safety and efficiency. An expert can make helpful suggestions about proper maintenance when you have an aging heating structure in your Austin home. 3.) Evaluate The Conditions Of Expensive Items Taking an annual inventory of items around your home and determining their status helps you make a budget for possible upcoming repairs. For 2020, you will want to take a closer inspection of those expensive items and calculate when they might need maintenance. As a result, you can write up a long-term budget forecast that can last until 2025 or even longer. What items should you put on your big-ticket 2020 home maintenance checklist? Fireplace and Chimneys: Cooler: wet months are an excellent time to evaluate if your fireplace, chimney, and vents are in good condition. Especially check for cracks in the mortar or missing bricks. And remember to check your wood stoves! Gutters: Give the gutters a close examination for leaves and debris. Look for damage, such as cracks and warping, or missing parts, such as downspouts and gutter clamps. Roof: Assess your roof for issues with your shingles to avoid the hassle of a leaky foundation and ensure your roof is prepped for wet and windy weather. Visit the attic when it’s raining to make sure there aren’t any leaks coming through. Plumbing: Turn on and off the water several times to hear hammering or shuddering. These odd noises could mean that air is trapped within the pipes, which isn’t an issue right this minute but could lead to a leak later on. Sunburst Can Help You With Your 2020 Home Maintenance Checklist With Energy-Efficient Polywood® Shutters Ready to take the first step in improving your home for this new decade? Our premium Polywood® plantation shutters can bring energy efficiency and style to your Austin home. Give us a call at 512-549-6077 or fill out our contact form to make an appointment for a free in-home consultation today!