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Your 2020 Home Maintenance Checklist in Austin

March 06, 2020

The hustle and bustle of 2019 has ended, and 2020 is in full swing. Now, the time has come to start 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 some easy improvements to your home,like our quality Polywood® plantation shutters, to make sure that 2020 comes with lower energy costs and less adjusting of the thermostat.  

 
Prepare your home for years to come with this 2020 home maintenance checklist for Austin.
 
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1.) Stop Losing Heat With Energy-Efficient Window Coverings 

For 2020, say goodbye to frigid winter drafts and & hi to energy-efficient window coverings with our custom-fitted Polywood® plantation shutters. These appealing faux wood shutters feature an insulation system offering up to 70% more insulation than wood shutters and 1600% more than aluminum blinds, meaning you will never be forced to choose between style or energy efficiency again.

Polywood shutters also offer a timeless design that works with any décor and provides decreased energy costs at the same time. These USA-made shutters will not become warped or discolored in spite of varying temperatures or exposure to the sun, and they become an enduring feature of your home. Because of the lifetime warranty, you can enjoy the same timeless look and energy efficiency for decades 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 working the way it should and replace the furnace filter if necessary. Then investigate any clinking, clunking, shuddering, or humidity issues.

Don’t feel knowledgable enough to check these items on your own? Consider hiring a heating/cooling expert to take a look at your heating system for safety and efficiency. An expert can definitely help make suggestions when you have an older heating system in your Austin home.

3.) Evaluate The Conditions Of Expensive Items

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Every year it’s wise to take a quick look around your house to see what should be improved. This approach lets you make an informed budget for upcoming repairs and replacements instead of scrambling around at the last second. For 2020, you will want to take a closer inspection of those expensive items and calculate when they might need maintenance. That way 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. Look carefully for cracks in the mortar or missing bricks. And remember to check your wood stoves!
  • Gutters: Check the gutters for an accumulation of leaves and debris. Be on the lookout for cracks, warping, missing downspouts, or missing gutter clamps.
  • Roof: Assess your roof for issues with your shingles to make sure your roof is ready for wet weather. Visit the attic when it’s raining to see if there are 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 a problem right this minute but could cause leaks later.

Sunburst Can Help You With Your 2020 Home Maintenance Checklist With Energy-Efficient Plantation Shutters

Are you 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. Just call 512-549-6077 or fill out our contact form to make an appointment for a free in-home consultation today!

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