The whirlwind of 2019 has ended, and 2020 is in full swing. Now, it’s time to get on your New Year’s resolution of making your Clearwater home more energy efficient on improving your Clearwater home’s energy efficiency. Luckily, it takes only some easy improvements to your home,like our quality Polywood® shutters, to make sure that the new year rings in with reduced energy costs and less fiddling with the thermostat.
Ready your home for years to come with this 2020 home maintenance checklist for Clearwater.
1.) Keep Your Home Comfortable With Energy-Efficient Window Coverings
For 2020, say farewell to frigid winter drafts and & hi to energy-efficient window coverings with our custom-fitted Polywood® plantation shutters. These attractive shutters feature a progressive insulation system with up to 70% more insulation than wood shutters and 1600% more than aluminum blinds. You will never need to choose between aesthetic or energy efficiency again.
Our Polywood shutters also offer a a classic design that works with any décor and gives lower energy costs at the same time. These American-made faux wood shutters will not warp or yellow regardless of changes in temperature or sun exposure, and they will be a permanent part of your home. And with a lifetime warranty, you can enjoy the same look and energy efficiency for years to come.
2.) Take a Good Look at Your Heater
While you should always give your furnace an annual tune-up, 2020 might be just the right time to evaluate if you should upgrade your HVAC system. Begin by giving your system a test run to ensure it’s working properly and change the furnace filter if necessary. Then check if there are any clinking, clunking, shuddering, or humidity issues.
Don’t feel knowledgable enough to check these items on your own? Consider hiring a heating/cooling pro to check your system for safety and efficiency. An expert can make recommendations about proper maintenance and replacement if you have an older heating system in your Clearwater home.
3.) Take Note Of Expensive Items
Taking a yearly inventory of items around your home and assessing what shape they’re in allows you to make a budget for possible repairs or replacements. For 2020, you will want to take a closer look at those big-ticket items and calculate when they might need maintenance. You can then write up a long-term budget that can last until 2025 or even longer. What items should you put on your 2020 home maintenance checklist?
- Fireplace and Chimneys: Cooler: rainy months are the perfect time of year to see if your fireplace, chimney, and vents are in good repair. Especially check for both cracks in the mortar and missing bricks. And remember to inspect your wood stoves!
- Gutters: Check the gutters for a build-up of leaves and debris. Look for cracks, warping, missing downspouts, or missing gutter clamps.
- Roof: Scan your roof for issues with your shingles to confirm your roof is prepped and ready for wet weather. Go into the attic when it is raining to make sure there aren’t any leaks coming through.
- Plumbing: Turn on and off the water a few times and listen for any hammering or shuddering. These odd noises could mean that air is trapped within the pipes, which may not be an issue now but could lead to leaks later on.
Sunburst Can Help You Complete Your 2020 Home Maintenance Checklist With Energy-Efficient Polywood® Plantation Shutters
Ready to take the first step in preparing your home for this upcoming decade? Our custom-fitted Polywood® shutters will bring energy efficiency and style to your Clearwater windows. Give us a call at 813-580-7288 or fill out the form below to set up a free in-home consultation today!