The whirl of 2019 has ended, and 2020 is in full swing. Now, the time has come to focus on your brand-new plan of making your Cincinnati home more energy efficient on improving your Cincinnati home’s energy efficiency. Fortunately, it takes only some small upgrades to your home,like our quality Polywood® plantation shutters, to ensure that the new year comes with lower energy costs and fewer thermostat adjustments.
Ready your home for years to come with this 2020 home maintenance checklist for Cincinnati.
1.) Stop Losing Heat With Energy-Efficient Window Coverings
For 2020, say so long to frigid winter drafts and & hi to energy-efficient window treatments with our high-quality Polywood® plantation shutters. These beautiful shutters offer a progressive insulation system offering up to 70% more insulation than wood shutters and 1600% more than aluminum blinds. You won’t ever need to choose between style or efficiency again.
Our Polywood shutters also offer a a classic design that goes well with any décor and provides decreased energy costs at the same time. These American-made high-quality shutters won’t crack, warp, or chip in spite of changes in temperature or sun exposure, and they will be a permanent characteristic of your home. And with a lifetime warranty, you can enjoy the same look and energy efficiency for decades to come.
2.) Pay The Heater A Visit
While you should always give your furnace an annual tune-up, 2020 may be the time to decide if you should upgrade your HVAC system. Start by giving your heating system a practice run to make sure it is operating properly and replace the furnace filter if needed. Then check if there are any concerning sounds or humidity issues.
Don’t feel comfortable checking your heater yourself? Consider reaching out to a heating and cooling professional to take a look at your system to make sure it’s both safe and efficient. An expert can definitely help make suggestions when you have an aging heating structure in your Cincinnati home.
3.) Take Stock Of Expensive Items
Taking an annual look at items around your home and determining their condition allows you to make an informed budget for possible repairs or replacements. For 2020, you’ll want to take a closer look at those expensive items and decide when they may need maintenance. As a result, you can write up a long-term budget that can last until 2025 or even longer. What items should be on your big-ticket 2020 home maintenance checklist?
- Fireplace and Chimneys: Cooler: wet months are a good time of year to evaluate if your fireplace, chimney, and vents are in good condition. Look carefully for both cracks in the mortar and missing bricks. And remember to check your wood-burning stoves!
- Gutters: Check the gutters for leaves and other debris. Look for cracks, warping, missing downspouts, or missing gutter clamps.
- Roof: Inspect your roof for damaged, loose or missing shingles to confirm your roof is prepped for wet weather. Visit the attic on a day it’s raining to look for any drips that are coming through.
- Plumbing: Turn on and off the water several times to hear hammering or shuddering. These noises could mean that air is trapped within the pipes, which isn’t a problem right this minute but could lead to a leak later on.
Sunburst Can Help You Complete Your 2020 Home Maintenance Checklist With Energy-Efficient Plantation Shutters
Ready to take the first step in preparing your home for this upcoming decade? Our Polywood® plantation shutters can increase both the energy efficiency and style of your Cincinnati home. Just call 513-216-9740 or fill out the form below to make an appointment for a free in-home consultation today!