Your 2020 Home Maintenance Checklist in Houston03/06/2020Cory Cryer The hustle and bustle of 2019 has come and gone, and 2020 is in full swing. Now, it’s time to get on your brand-new plan to make your Houston home more energy efficient on improving your Houston home’s energy efficiency. Luckily, it takes only several easy changes to your home,like faux wood plantation shutters, to ensure that 2020 rings in with lower energy bills and less adjusting of the thermostat. Ready your home for the upcoming decade with this 2020 home maintenance checklist for Houston. 1.) Stop Losing Heat With Energy-Efficient Window Coverings For 2020, say so long to frigid heat loss and & hello there to energy-efficient window treatments with our custom-fitted Polywood® plantation shutters. These beautiful faux wood shutters have an advanced insulation system, which offers up to 70% more insulation than wood shutters and 1600% more than aluminum blinds, meaning you’ll never be forced to sacrifice on design or energy efficiency again. Polywood shutters also feature a timeless design that complements any style of decorating and provides decreased energy costs at the same time. These American-made shutters are guaranteed not to warp or yellow in spite of changes in temperature or exposure to the sun, and they become a permanent characteristic of your home. Because of our lifetime guarantee, you can enjoy the same classic look and energy efficiency for decades to come. 2.) Pay The Heater A Visit While you should give your heater a yearly tune-up, 2020 might be the year to decide if you need an HVAC upgrade. Start by giving your heating system a test run to ensure it’s working the way it should and change the furnace filter if necessary. Then check if there are any odd noises or humidity issues. Don’t feel up to checking your heater on your own? Think about hiring a heating/cooling expert to take a look at your heating system to make sure it’s both safe and efficient. An expert can make recommendations about proper maintenance and replacement if you have an outdated HVAC system in your Houston home. 3.) Evaluate The Conditions Of Big-Ticket Items Taking a yearly look at items around your home and evaluating their condition assists you in making an informed budget for possible upcoming repairs. For 2020, you’ll want to take a closer look at those big-ticket items and estimate when they might need repair or replacement. As a result, you can create a long-term budget that can last until 2025 or beyond. What items should be on your 2020 home maintenance checklist? Fireplace and Chimneys: Cooler: rainy months make for the perfect time to evaluate if your fireplace, chimney, and vents are in good repair. Especially check for cracks in the mortar or missing bricks. And remember to inspect your wood-burning stoves! Gutters: Check the gutters for a build-up of leaves and debris. Be on the lookout for damage, such as cracks and warping, or missing parts, such as downspouts and gutter clamps. Roof: Assess your roof for damaged, loose or missing shingles to make sure your roof is prepped for wet weather conditions. Visit the attic on a rainy day to look for any leaks coming through. Plumbing: Turn on and off the water a couple times and listen for any odd noises such as hammering or shuddering. These sounds may mean that air is trapped in the pipes, which may not be a concern right this minute but could cause leaks later. Sunburst Can Help You With Your 2020 Home Maintenance Checklist With Energy-Efficient Plantation Shutters Ready to take the first step in preparing your home for the new decade? Our Polywood® plantation shutters can improve both the energy efficiency and style of your Houston home. Just call 713-853-9629 or fill out the form below to set up a complimentary consultation in the comfort of your own home today!