Your 2020 Home Maintenance Checklist in Salt Lake City03/06/2020Matt Thelander The hustle and bustle of 2019 has ended, and 2020 is in full swing. It’s time to start on your brand-new plan to make your Salt Lake City home more energy efficient on increasing your Salt Lake City home’s energy efficiency. Luckily, you need to make only a few small upgrades to your home,such as our quality Polywood® shutters, to ensure that 2020 brings reduced energy costs and fewer thermostat adjustments. Ready your home for the new decade with this 2020 home maintenance checklist for Salt Lake City. 1.) Stop Losing Heat With Energy-Efficient Plantation Shutters In 2020, say goodbye to frigid winter drafts and & hi to energy-efficient window coverings with our custom-fitted Polywood® plantation shutters. These appealing shutters feature an insulation system with up to 70% more insulation than wood shutters and 1600% more than aluminum blinds, meaning you won’t ever be forced to sacrifice on aesthetic or energy efficiency again. Polywood shutters also feature a timeless design quality that goes well with any décor and gives decreased energy costs at the same time. These American-engineered faux wood shutters will not become warped or discolored regardless of varying temperatures or sun exposure, and they become a lasting characteristic of your home. And with a lifetime guarantee, you can enjoy the same look and energy efficiency for decades to come. 2.) Take a Good Look at Your Heater Although you should always give your furnace a yearly checkup, 2020 may be just the right time to evaluate if your HVAC needs an upgrade. Give your HVAC system a trial run to ensure it’s operating the way it should and change the furnace filter if necessary. Then check for any clinking, clunking, shuddering, or humidity issues. Don’t feel comfortable checking your heater yourself? Consider reaching out to a heating/cooling expert to inspect your HVAC system for both safety and efficiency. An expert can make recommendations about proper maintenance and replacement when you have an older heating structure in your Salt Lake City home. 3.) Take Note Of Big-Ticket Items Taking an annual look at items around your house and assessing what shape they’re in helps you make an informed plan for possible upcoming repairs. For 2020, take a closer inspection of those expensive items and decide when they might need maintenance. That way you can create a long-term budgeting outlook that can last until 2025 or beyond. What items should you put on your big-ticket 2020 home maintenance checklist? Fireplace and Chimneys: Cooler: rainy months are a good time of year to determine if your fireplace, chimney, and vents are in good condition. Especially check for both cracks in the mortar and missing bricks. And don’t forget about your wood-burning stoves! Gutters: Give the gutters a thorough inspection for accumulated leaves and debris. Look for damage, such as cracks and warping, or missing parts, such as downspouts and gutter clamps. Roof: Assess your roof for issues with your shingles to confirm your roof is prepped and ready for wet and windy weather. Go into the attic on a day it’s raining to see if there are any leaks coming through. Plumbing: Turn your faucets on and off a few times and listen for any hammering or shuddering. These sounds may mean that air is trapped in the pipes, which may not be an issue now but could cause leaks later. Sunburst Can Assist You With Your 2020 Home Maintenance Checklist With Energy-Efficient Polywood® 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 Salt Lake City home. Just call 801-515-3598 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free in-home consultation today!