Your 2020 Home Maintenance Checklist in Gainesville03/06/2020Eric Ramsey The whirlwind of 2019 has come and gone, and 2020 has already begun. Now, it’s time to focus on your brand-new plan to make your Gainesville home more energy efficient on increasing your Gainesville home’s energy efficiency. Luckily, all it takes are a few minor changes to your home,like our Polywood® plantation shutters, to make sure that the new year comes with reduced energy costs and fewer thermostat adjustments. Prepare your home for the new decade with this 2020 home maintenance checklist for Gainesville. 1.) Stop Losing Heat With Energy-Efficient Window Treatments For 2020, say goodbye to freezing heat loss and & hi to energy-efficient window coverings with our custom-fitted Polywood® plantation shutters. These attractive shutters have an insulation system, which offers up to 70% more insulation than wood shutters and 1600% more than aluminum blinds. As a result, you will never be forced to sacrifice on style or energy efficiency again. Our Polywood shutters also feature a timeless design that complements any decorating scheme and gives energy savings at the same time. These USA-made shutters will not crack, warp, or chip in spite of changes in temperature or exposure to the sun, and they will become a lasting part of your home. Because of the lifetime warranty, you can enjoy the same look and energy efficiency for years to come. 2.) Pay The Furnace A Visit While you should always give your furnace a yearly tune-up, 2020 may be the year to decide if you need an HVAC upgrade. Start by giving your HVAC system a test run to make sure it’s working the way it should and swap out the filter if necessary. Then check if there are any clinking, clunking, shuddering, or humidity issues. Don’t feel knowledgable enough to check your HVAC system on your own? Think about hiring a heating/cooling pro to check your HVAC system for both safety and efficiency. A professional can make recommendations about proper maintenance and replacement when you have an aging heating system in your Gainesville home. 3.) Evaluate The Conditions Of Big-Ticket Items Taking an annual inventory of items around your house and determining their status allows you to make a budget for upcoming repairs. For 2020, take a closer inspection of those expensive items and decide when they might need maintenance. As a result, you can create a long-term budgeting outlook that can last until 2025 or beyond. What items should you put on your 2020 home maintenance checklist? Fireplace and Chimneys: Cooler: rainy months make for a good time of year to determine if your fireplace, chimney, and vents are working properly. Look carefully for both cracks in the mortar and missing bricks. And remember to inspect your wood stoves! Gutters: Give the gutters a thorough inspection for leaves and debris. Look for damage or missing parts. Roof: Scan your roof for problems with your shingles to make sure your roof is ready for wet and windy weather. Visit the attic when it’s raining to look for any drips that are coming through. Plumbing: Turn your faucets on and off a few times and listen for hammering or shuddering. These noises could mean that air is trapped in the pipes, which isn’t a concern right now but could lead to a leak later on. Sunburst Can Help You Complete Your 2020 Home Maintenance Checklist With Energy-Efficient Plantation Shutters Feeling ready to improve your home for this new decade? Our custom-fitted Polywood® shutters will bring energy efficiency and style to your Gainesville windows. Give us a call at 813-602-5966 or fill out our contact form to make an appointment for a complimentary consultation in the comfort of your own home today!