The hustle and bustle of 2019 has ended, and 2020 is in full swing. Now, the time has come to start on your New Year’s resolution to make your Fort Lauderdale home more energy efficient on boosting your Fort Lauderdale home’s energy efficiency. Luckily, it takes only a few small changes to your home,such as faux wood plantation shutters, to ensure that 2020 comes with lower energy costs and less fiddling with the thermostat.
Prepare your home for years to come with this 2020 home maintenance checklist for Fort Lauderdale.
1.) Keep The Heat In With Energy-Efficient Window Treatments
For 2020, say so long to cold winter drafts and & hello to energy-efficient window coverings with our custom-fitted Polywood® plantation shutters. These beautiful shutters feature an insulation system with up to 70% more insulation than wood shutters and 1600% more than aluminum blinds. As a result, you will never need to choose between style or energy efficiency again.
Our Polywood plantation shutters also feature a timeless design quality that complements any decorating scheme and gives decreased energy costs at the same time. These American-engineered shutters won’t warp or yellow despite varying temperatures or exposure to the sun, and they will become an enduring part of your home. Because of the lifetime guarantee, you can enjoy the same look and energy efficiency for many years to come.
2.) Pay The Heater A Visit
Although you should give your heater an annual tune-up, 2020 might be the year to evaluate if you should upgrade your HVAC system. Begin by giving your heating system a test run to make sure it’s working correctly and change the filter if needed. Then investigate any concerning sounds or humidity issues.
Don’t feel knowledgable enough to check your HVAC system on your own? Consider reaching out to a heating and cooling expert to check your heating system to make sure it’s both safe and efficient. An expert can definitely help make suggestions if you have an aging heating system in your Fort Lauderdale home.
3.) Take Stock Of Big-Ticket Items
Taking a yearly look at items around your house and determining what shape they’re in assists you in making a budget for possible upcoming repairs. For 2020, take a closer look at those expensive items and decide when they may need maintenance. That way you can create a long-term budget forecast that can last until 2025 or beyond. What items should make up your 2020 home maintenance checklist?
- Fireplace and Chimneys: Cooler: rainy months are the perfect time of year to evaluate if your fireplace, chimney, and vents are in good repair. Especially check for cracks in the mortar or missing bricks. And remember to check your wood-burning stoves!
- Gutters: Give the gutters more than a quick inspection for leaves and debris. Watch for damage, such as cracks and warping, or missing parts, such as downspouts and gutter clamps.
- Roof: Scan your roof for damaged, loose or missing shingles to confirm your roof is prepped for wet weather conditions. Take a trip to 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 hammering or shuddering. These sounds may mean that air is trapped in the plumbing, which may not be an issue now but could lead to leaks later on.
Sunburst Can Assist You With Your 2020 Home Maintenance Checklist With Energy-Efficient Polywood® Plantation Shutters
Feeling ready to improve your home for the new decade? Our custom-fitted Polywood® shutters will increase both the energy efficiency and style of your Fort Lauderdale home. Call us at 561-440-8535 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free in-home consultation today!