The whirl of 2019 has come and gone, and 2020 has already begun. Now, the time has come to focus on your New Year’s resolution of making your Phoenix home more energy efficient on improving your Phoenix home’s energy efficiency. Fortunately, you need to make only some small upgrades to your home,like our Polywood® plantation shutters, to ensure that 2020 rings in with lower energy bills and less adjusting of the thermostat.
Prep your home for the upcoming decade with this 2020 home maintenance checklist for Phoenix.
1.) Keep The Heat In With Energy-Efficient Window Coverings
In 2020, say so long to freezing winter drafts and & hello there to energy-efficient window treatments with Polywood® plantation shutters. These appealing faux wood shutters offer an insulation system offering up to 70% more insulation than wood shutters and 1600% more than aluminum blinds, meaning you won’t ever have to sacrifice on design or efficiency again.
Our 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 high-quality shutters will not crack, warp, or chip regardless of changes in temperature or sun exposure, and they will become a permanent feature of your home. Because of our lifetime guarantee, you can enjoy the same classic look and energy efficiency for many years to come.
2.) Take a Good Look at Your Furnace
While you should always give your heater an annual tune-up, 2020 might be the time to decide if your HVAC needs an upgrade. Begin by giving your heating system a practice run to ensure it is operating correctly and replace the filter if needed. Then check for any concerning sounds or humidity issues.
Don’t feel comfortable checking your HVAC system on your own? Think about finding a heating/cooling professional to check your heating system for safety and efficiency. An expert can make recommendations about proper maintenance and replacement if you have an outdated heating structure in your Phoenix home.
3.) Take Stock Of Big-Ticket Items
Every year it’s wise to take a quick look around your home to decide what needs to be improved. This approach allows you to budget for upcoming repairs and replacements instead of scrambling around at the very last minute. For 2020, you will want to take a closer inspection of those big-ticket items and calculate when they may need repair or replacement. You can then write up a long-term budgeting outlook that can last until 2025 or even 2030. What items should make up your 2020 home maintenance checklist?
- Fireplace and Chimneys: Cooler: wet months make for a good time to evaluate if your fireplace, chimney, and vents are in good condition. Look carefully for both cracks in the mortar and missing bricks. And remember to check your wood stoves!
- Gutters: Check the gutters for a build-up of leaves and debris. Be on the lookout for cracks, warping, missing downspouts, or missing gutter clamps.
- Roof: Scan your roof for damaged, loose or missing shingles to confirm your roof is ready for wet weather. Go into the attic on a day it’s raining to look for any drips that are coming through.
- Plumbing: Turn on and off the water a few times to hear any odd noises such as hammering or shuddering. These noises may mean that air is trapped within the plumbing, which may not be a problem now but could cause leaks later.
Sunburst Can Assist You With Your 2020 Home Maintenance Checklist With Energy-Efficient Plantation Shutters
Feeling ready to take the first step in preparing your home for this upcoming decade? Our premium Polywood® plantation shutters can improve both the energy efficiency and style of your Phoenix home. Call us at 480-485-7743 or fill out the form below to schedule a complimentary consultation in the comfort of your own home today!