Your 2020 Home Maintenance Checklist in Dallas03/06/2020Collins Jones The hustle and bustle of 2019 has come and gone, and 2020 has already begun. Now, it’s time to start on your brand-new plan to make your Dallas home more energy efficient on improving your Dallas home’s energy efficiency. Fortunately, all it takes are a few minor upgrades to your home,such as our Polywood® plantation shutters, to ensure that the new year brings lower energy bills and fewer thermostat adjustments. Ready your home for the new decade with this 2020 home maintenance checklist for Dallas. 1.) Keep The Heat In With Energy-Efficient Window Treatments In 2020, say farewell to frigid winter drafts and & hi to energy-efficient window coverings with Polywood® plantation shutters. These attractive faux wood shutters have a progressive insulation system, which offers up to 70% more insulation than wood shutters and 1600% more than aluminum blinds. You’ll never need to choose between style or efficiency again. Our Polywood plantation shutters also offer a timeless design quality that works with any decorating scheme and gives energy savings at the same time. These USA-made high-quality shutters will not become warped or discolored despite changes in temperature or exposure to sunlight, and they will become a permanent characteristic of your home. And with a lifetime guarantee, you can enjoy the same classic look and energy efficiency for years to come. 2.) Take a Good Look at Your Furnace Although you should perform yearly maintenance on your heater, 2020 might be the time to evaluate if your HVAC needs an upgrade. Give your HVAC system a trial run to ensure it is running the way it should and change the filter if necessary. Then check if there are any clinking, clunking, shuddering, or humidity issues. Don’t feel comfortable checking your heater on your own? Consider finding an HVAC professional to take a look at your HVAC system for both safety and efficiency. An expert can make recommendations about proper maintenance and replacement if you have an outdated heating system in your Dallas home. 3.) Take Stock Of Expensive Items Taking an annual look at items around your home and assessing what shape they’re in helps you make an informed plan for possible upcoming repairs. For 2020, you’ll want to take a closer look at those big-ticket items and estimate when they may need maintenance. That way you can create a long-term budget forecast that can last until 2025 or even longer. What items should be on your 2020 home maintenance checklist? Fireplace and Chimneys: Cooler: wet months make for the perfect time of year to see if your fireplace, chimney, and vents are in good repair. Inspect the brickwork for both cracks in the mortar and missing bricks. And don’t forget about your wood stoves! Gutters: Check the gutters for an accumulation of leaves and debris. Look for cracks, warping, missing downspouts, or missing gutter clamps. Roof: Assess your roof for damaged, loose or missing shingles to make sure your roof is prepped and ready for wet and windy weather. Visit the attic when it’s raining to make sure there aren’t any leaks coming through. Plumbing: Turn on and off the water several times to hear any odd noises such as hammering or shuddering. These odd noises could mean that air is trapped in the plumbing, which isn’t a concern now but could lead to leaks later on. Sunburst Can Help You With Your 2020 Home Maintenance Checklist With Energy-Efficient Polywood® Plantation Shutters Feeling ready to take the first step in improving your home for this upcoming decade? Our Polywood® plantation shutters will bring energy efficiency and style to your Dallas windows. Call us at 214-301-5066 or complete the following form to make an appointment for a free in-home consultation today!