The whirl of 2019 has ended, and 2020 has already begun. Now, the time has come to get on your New Year’s resolution of making your New York City home more energy efficient on increasing your New York City home’s energy efficiency. Luckily, you need to make only a few minor upgrades to your home,like our Polywood® shutters, to make certain that 2020 brings reduced energy costs and fewer thermostat adjustments.
Prep your home for the new decade with this 2020 home maintenance checklist for New York City.
1.) Stop Losing Heat With Energy-Efficient Window Treatments
In 2020, say farewell to frigid winter drafts and & hello to energy-efficient window coverings with our high-quality Polywood® plantation shutters. These attractive shutters offer an insulation system, which offers up to 70% more insulation than wood shutters and 1600% more than aluminum blinds. You will never be forced to sacrifice on aesthetic or efficiency again.
Polywood shutters also feature a timeless design quality that goes well with any style of decorating and gives lower energy costs at the same time. These American-made shutters will not crack, warp, or chip regardless of changes in temperature or sun exposure, and they will be a lasting feature of your home. Because of the lifetime warranty, you can enjoy the same classic look and energy efficiency for many years to come.
2.) Pay The Heater A Visit
While you should always give your heater a yearly tune-up, 2020 may be just the right time to decide if your HVAC needs an upgrade. Begin by giving your system a practice run to make sure it is running properly and swap out the filter if needed. Then check if there are any clinking, clunking, shuddering, or humidity issues.
Don’t feel comfortable checking your HVAC system yourself? Think about finding a heating and cooling pro to inspect your heating system for both safety and efficiency. A pro can make helpful suggestions about proper maintenance if you have an outdated HVAC system in your New York City home.
3.) Take Stock Of Big-Ticket Items
Every year you should take stock of your home to evaluate what needs improving. This allows you to budget for upcoming repairs and replacements instead of needing to scramble around at the last minute. For 2020, you’ll want to take a closer look at those big-ticket items and estimate when they might need to be repaired or replaced. That way you can write up a long-term budget that can last until 2025 or even 2030. What items should be on your 2020 home maintenance checklist?
- Fireplace and Chimneys: Cooler: rainy months are the perfect time to determine if your fireplace, chimney, and vents are in good condition. Look carefully for cracks in the mortar or missing bricks. And remember to inspect your wood stoves!
- Gutters: Give the gutters a close examination for accumulated leaves and debris. Watch for cracks, warping, missing downspouts, or missing gutter clamps.
- Roof: Assess your roof for problems with your shingles to make sure your roof is ready for wet and windy weather. Go into the attic when it’s raining to see if there are any leaks coming through.
- Plumbing: Turn your faucets on and off a couple times and listen for any hammering or shuddering. These sounds could mean that air is trapped within the plumbing, which isn’t a problem now but could lead to a leak later on.
Sunburst Can Help You With Your 2020 Home Maintenance Checklist With Energy-Efficient Polywood® Shutters
Are you ready to prepare your home for the upcoming decade? Our premium Polywood® plantation shutters will bring energy efficiency and style to your New York City windows. Call us at 631-246-3930 or complete the following form to set up a complimentary consultation in the comfort of your own home today!