Your 2020 Home Maintenance Checklist in New York City03/06/2020Matt Thelander The whirlwind of 2019 has ended, and 2020 has already begun. Now, the time has come to start on your resolution of making your New York City home more energy efficient on improving 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. Prepare your home for the upcoming decade with this 2020 home maintenance checklist for New York City. 1.) Keep The Heat In With Energy-Efficient Window Coverings In 2020, say farewell to frigid winter drafts and & hi to energy-efficient window coverings with our high-quality 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 need to compromise on style or energy efficiency again. Our Polywood plantation shutters also feature a timeless design quality that goes well with any decorating scheme and gives lower energy costs at the same time. These American-engineered shutters won’t become warped or discolored regardless of changes in temperature or exposure to the sun, and they will be a lasting feature of your home. Because of the lifetime warranty, you can enjoy the same look and energy efficiency for many years to come. 2.) Pay The Heater A Visit Although 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 working properly and swap out the filter if needed. Then check for any odd noises or humidity issues. Don’t feel comfortable checking these items yourself? Think about finding a heating and cooling pro to inspect your system for both safety and efficiency. A pro can definitely help make suggestions if you have an outdated HVAC system in your New York City home. 3.) Evaluate The Conditions Of Big-Ticket Items Every year you should take a quick look around your home to see what should be improved. 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 repair or replacement. As a result, you can write up a long-term budgeting outlook 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 an excellent 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 leaves and debris. Watch for damage, such as cracks and warping, or missing parts, such as downspouts and 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 an issue now but could lead to a leak later on. Sunburst Can Assist You With Your 2020 Home Maintenance Checklist With Energy-Efficient Plantation Shutters Ready to improve 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 free in-home consultation today!