Your 2020 Home Maintenance Checklist in Southern California03/06/2020Kimball Jones The hustle and bustle of 2019 has come and gone, and 2020 has already begun. It’s time to get on your resolution to make your Southern California home more energy efficient on improving your Southern California home’s energy efficiency. Luckily, all it takes are some minor upgrades to your home,like faux wood shutters, to make sure that 2020 rings in with lower energy costs and fewer thermostat adjustments. Prep your home for the new decade with this 2020 home maintenance checklist for Southern California. 1.) Stop Losing Heat With Energy-Efficient Window Treatments For 2020, say so long to cold winter drafts and & hello there to energy-efficient window coverings with our custom-fitted Polywood® plantation shutters. These attractive faux wood shutters offer an insulation system offering up to 70% more insulation than wood shutters and 1600% more than aluminum blinds. As a result, you’ll never be forced to compromise on aesthetic or energy efficiency again. Our Polywood shutters also feature a a classic design that goes well with any style of decorating and provides energy savings at the same time. These USA-made faux wood shutters are guaranteed not to become warped or discolored in spite of temperature changes or sun exposure, and they become a lasting feature of your home. And with a lifetime warranty, you can enjoy the same timeless look and energy efficiency for decades to come. 2.) Pay The Furnace A Visit Even though you should perform yearly maintenance on your heater, 2020 may be the time to decide if your HVAC needs an upgrade. Start by giving your system a practice run to ensure it’s operating correctly and replace the 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 reaching out to an HVAC pro to check your heating system for both safety and efficiency. An expert can definitely help make suggestions when you have an outdated heating system in your Southern California home. 3.) Evaluate The Conditions Of Expensive Items Taking an annual inventory of items around your home and assessing their status allows you to make a budget for possible upcoming repairs. For 2020, take a closer look at those big-ticket items and estimate when they may need to be repaired or replaced. As a result, you can make a long-term budget forecast that can last until 2025 or even 2030. What items should you put on your big-ticket 2020 home maintenance checklist? Fireplace and Chimneys: Cooler: rainy months make for the perfect time of year to determine if your fireplace, chimney, and vents are in good repair. Inspect the brickwork for cracks in the mortar or missing bricks. And don’t forget about your wood-burning stoves! Gutters: Check the gutters for a build-up of leaves and debris. Look for damage or missing parts. Roof: Inspect your roof for problems with your shingles to confirm your roof is ready for wet weather conditions. Go into the attic when it is raining to look for any drips that are coming through. Plumbing: Turn your faucets on and off several times and listen for any odd noises such as hammering or shuddering. These sounds may mean that air is trapped in the pipes, which may not be a concern right now but could cause leaks later. Sunburst Can Assist You With Your 2020 Home Maintenance Checklist With Energy-Efficient Polywood® Plantation Shutters Ready to improve your home for this new decade? Our Polywood® plantation shutters will bring energy efficiency and style to your Southern California home. Just call 888-611-2474 or complete the following form to set up a complimentary in-home consultation with our window experts today!