Your 2020 Home Maintenance Checklist in Charlotte03/06/2020Neil Blackwelder The whirl of 2019 has ended, and 2020 has already begun. It’s time to focus on your resolution to make your Charlotte home more energy efficient on boosting your Charlotte home’s energy efficiency. Luckily, it takes only some minor upgrades to your home,such as faux wood plantation shutters, to ensure that 2020 brings lower energy costs and fewer thermostat adjustments. Prep your home for the new decade with this 2020 home maintenance checklist for Charlotte. 1.) Stop Losing Heat With Energy-Efficient Window Coverings In 2020, say so long to frigid winter drafts and & hello there to energy-efficient window coverings with our high-quality Polywood® plantation shutters. These attractive shutters have an advanced insulation system offering up to 70% more insulation than wood shutters and 1600% more than aluminum blinds. As a result, you won’t ever have to compromise on aesthetic or efficiency again. Our Polywood shutters also offer a timeless design quality that complements any decorating scheme and provides energy savings at the same time. These USA-made shutters are guaranteed not to crack, warp, or chip in spite of temperature changes or sun exposure, and they will be an enduring part of your home. Because of the lifetime warranty, you can enjoy the same look and energy efficiency for decades to come. 2.) Pay The Furnace A Visit Even though you should always give your heater a yearly tune-up, 2020 might be just the right time to see if you need an HVAC upgrade. Give your HVAC system a trial run to ensure it’s running properly and swap out the furnace filter if needed. Then investigate any odd noises or humidity issues. Don’t feel knowledgable enough to check your heater yourself? Think about hiring a heating and cooling professional to inspect your heating system for both safety and efficiency. An expert can make helpful suggestions about proper maintenance when you have an older HVAC system in your Charlotte home. 3.) Take Stock Of Big-Ticket Items Every year you should take a look around your house to evaluate what needs improving. This approach lets you 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 inspection of those expensive items and estimate when they might need repair or replacement. That way you can make a long-term budget forecast that can last until 2025 or even 2030. What items should be on your 2020 home maintenance checklist? Fireplace and Chimneys: Cooler: wet months are a good time to evaluate if your fireplace, chimney, and vents are working properly. Especially check for both cracks in the mortar and missing bricks. And don’t forget about your wood stoves! Gutters: Give the gutters more than a quick examination for accumulated leaves and debris. Be on the lookout for cracks, warping, missing downspouts, or missing gutter clamps. Roof: Scan your roof for problems with your shingles to make sure your roof is ready for wet weather conditions. Go into the attic when it’s raining to make sure there aren’t any leaks coming through. Plumbing: Turn your faucets on and off several times and listen for hammering or shuddering. These sounds may mean that air is trapped in the plumbing, which isn’t a problem right now but could lead to a leak later on. Sunburst Can Help You With Your 2020 Home Maintenance Checklist With Energy-Efficient Polywood® Plantation Shutters Feeling ready to improve your home for this new decade? Our Polywood® plantation shutters will increase both the energy efficiency and style of your Charlotte home. Give us a call at 980-292-3933 or fill out our contact form to set up a complimentary in-home consultation with our window experts today!