Your 2020 Home Maintenance Checklist in Philadelphia03/06/2020Holly Perron The whirlwind of 2019 has ended, and 2020 is in full swing. Now, it’s time to start on your resolution of making your Philadelphia home more energy efficient on improving your Philadelphia home’s energy efficiency. Luckily, it takes only a few small upgrades to your home,like faux wood shutters, to ensure that the new year brings lower energy bills and less fiddling with the thermostat. Prep your home for years to come with this 2020 home maintenance checklist for Philadelphia. 1.) Keep Your Home Comfortable With Energy-Efficient Plantation Shutters For 2020, say farewell to frigid winter drafts and & hello to energy-efficient window treatments with our custom-fitted Polywood® plantation shutters. These beautiful faux wood shutters offer an insulation system, which offers up to 70% more insulation than wood shutters and 1600% more than aluminum blinds. As a result, you’ll never be forced to sacrifice on style or efficiency again. Our Polywood shutters also feature a timeless design quality that complements any style of decorating and gives energy savings at the same time. These American-engineered high-quality shutters are guaranteed not to warp or yellow in spite of varying temperatures or exposure to the sun, and they will become a permanent part of your home. And with a lifetime guarantee, you can enjoy the same classic look and energy efficiency for years to come. 2.) Pay The Furnace A Visit Even though you should perform annual maintenance on your heater, 2020 might be just the right time to evaluate if you need an HVAC upgrade. Start by giving your system a test run to make sure it’s operating correctly and swap out the furnace filter if needed. Then investigate any odd noises or humidity issues. Don’t feel knowledgable enough to check these items yourself? Consider hiring a heating and cooling expert to inspect your heating system for both safety and efficiency. An expert can definitely help make suggestions when you have an outdated HVAC system in your Philadelphia home. 3.) Take Stock Of Big-Ticket Items Every year it’s wise to take a quick look around your house to decide what should be improved. This allows you to make an informed budget for upcoming repairs instead of having to scramble around at the last second. For 2020, you will want to take a closer look at those expensive items and estimate when they may need maintenance. That way you can create a long-term budgeting outlook that can last until 2025 or even 2030. What items should make up your big-ticket 2020 home maintenance checklist? Fireplace and Chimneys: Cooler: wet months are an excellent time of year to evaluate if your fireplace, chimney, and vents are working properly. Especially check for both cracks in the mortar and missing bricks. And remember to inspect your wood stoves! Gutters: Give the gutters a close inspection for accumulated leaves and debris. Be on the lookout for damage or missing parts. Roof: Assess your roof for problems with your shingles to confirm your roof is prepped and ready for wet and windy weather. Visit 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 couple times and listen for hammering or shuddering. These odd noises may mean that air is trapped in the pipes, which isn’t a concern right now but could cause leaks later. Sunburst Can Assist 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 upcoming decade? Our premium Polywood® plantation shutters can bring energy efficiency and style to your Philadelphia home. Call us at 215-874-4897 or fill out the form below to schedule a complimentary in-home consultation with our window experts today!