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 of making your Chicago home more energy efficient on boosting your Chicago home’s energy efficiency. Luckily, it takes only a few small changes to your home,such as faux wood plantation shutters, to make sure that 2020 comes with lower energy bills and fewer thermostat adjustments.
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 goodbye to freezing heat loss and & hello to energy-efficient window treatments with our custom-fitted Polywood® plantation shutters. These beautiful shutters offer 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 compromise on design or energy efficiency again.
Our Polywood shutters also feature a timeless design quality that complements any decorating scheme and provides lower energy costs at the same time. These American-made faux wood shutters won’t crack, warp, or chip regardless of changes in temperature or exposure to sunlight, and they become an enduring characteristic of your home. Because of the lifetime warranty, you can enjoy the same timeless look and energy efficiency for decades to come.
2.) Pay The Furnace A Visit
While you should always give your heater a yearly checkup, 2020 may be just the right time to decide if you should upgrade your HVAC system. Begin by giving your heating system a test run to make sure it is running correctly and replace the furnace filter if necessary. Then investigate any odd noises or humidity issues.
Don’t feel knowledgable enough to check these items on your own? Consider finding a heating/cooling professional to take a look at your system for safety and efficiency. An expert can definitely help make suggestions 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 assessing their status assists you in making an informed plan for upcoming repairs. For 2020, take a closer inspection of those big-ticket items and decide when they may need repair or replacement. As a result, you can create a long-term budgeting outlook 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 in good repair. Especially check for cracks in the mortar or missing bricks. And remember to inspect your wood-burning stoves!
- Gutters: Check the gutters for an accumulation of leaves and debris. Be on the lookout for damage or missing parts.
- Roof: Inspect your roof for damaged, loose or missing shingles to make sure your roof is ready for wet 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 hammering or shuddering. These odd noises may mean that air is trapped within the pipes, which isn’t an issue now but could cause leaks later.
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 free in-home consultation today!