Your 2020 Home Maintenance Checklist in Chicago03/06/2020Richard Rampton The hustle and bustle of 2019 has ended, and 2020 is in full swing. Now, the time has come to get on your resolution of making your Chicago home more energy efficient on boosting your Chicago home’s energy efficiency. Luckily, it takes only a few easy changes to your home,such as our Polywood® plantation shutters, to make sure that 2020 comes with lower energy bills and less fiddling with the thermostat. Ready your home for the new decade with this 2020 home maintenance checklist for Chicago. 1.) Keep Your Home Comfortable With Energy-Efficient Window Treatments In 2020, say so long to freezing winter drafts and & hi to energy-efficient window coverings with Polywood® plantation shutters. These appealing shutters have a progressive insulation system, which offers up to 70% more insulation than wood shutters and 1600% more than aluminum blinds, meaning you won’t ever be forced to sacrifice on design or energy efficiency again. Our Polywood shutters also feature a timeless design quality that goes well with any décor and provides lower energy costs at the same time. These American-engineered faux wood shutters won’t crack, warp, or chip regardless of changes in temperature or exposure to sunlight, and they will be a permanent characteristic of your home. And with a lifetime warranty, you can enjoy the same timeless look and energy efficiency for years to come. 2.) Pay The Furnace A Visit While you should perform yearly maintenance on your heater, 2020 may be the time to decide if you should upgrade your HVAC system. Begin by giving your HVAC system a trial run to make sure it is operating correctly and change the furnace filter if necessary. Then investigate any clinking, clunking, shuddering, or humidity issues. Don’t feel knowledgable enough to check your HVAC system on your own? Consider finding a heating and cooling professional to check your system for both safety and efficiency. An expert can make helpful suggestions about proper maintenance when you have an aging heating structure in your Chicago home. 3.) Take Note Of Expensive Items Taking an annual look at items around your house and evaluating their status assists you in making an informed plan for upcoming repairs. For 2020, you will want to take a closer inspection of those big-ticket items and estimate when they may need to be repaired or replaced. That way you can create a long-term budget that can last until 2025 or even 2030. What items should make up your big-ticket 2020 home maintenance checklist? Fireplace and Chimneys: Cooler: wet months are a good time to evaluate if your fireplace, chimney, and vents are working properly. Especially check for cracks in the mortar or missing bricks. And remember to inspect your wood-burning stoves! Gutters: Give the gutters more than a quick examination for accumulated leaves and debris. Be on the lookout for damage or missing parts. Roof: Inspect your roof for damaged, loose or missing shingles to avoid the hassle of a leaky foundation and ensure your roof is prepped for wet and windy weather. Take a trip to the attic on a day it’s raining to look for any drips that are coming through. Plumbing: Turn your faucets on and off a couple times to hear any odd noises such as hammering or shuddering. These odd noises may mean that air is trapped within the pipes, which isn’t a problem now but could lead to a leak later on. Sunburst Can Assist You With Your 2020 Home Maintenance Checklist With Energy-Efficient Plantation Shutters Feeling ready to take the first step in improving your home for the upcoming decade? Our Polywood® plantation shutters will bring energy efficiency and style to your Chicago home. Just call 847-250-6544 or fill out our contact form to schedule a complimentary consultation in the comfort of your own home today!