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Your 2020 Home Maintenance Checklist in Washington DC

March 06, 2020

The whirl of 2019 has ended, and 2020 is in full swing. Now, the time has come to focus on your New Year’s resolution to make your Washington DC home more energy efficient on improving your Washington DC home’s energy efficiency. Luckily, it takes only several small upgrades to your home,such as faux wood shutters, to make certain that the new year comes with lower energy costs and fewer thermostat adjustments.  

Prep your home for the upcoming decade with this 2020 home maintenance checklist for Washington DC.
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1.) Keep Your Home Comfortable With Energy-Efficient Window Coverings 

In 2020, say so long to freezing winter drafts and & hello to energy-efficient window treatments with our high-quality Polywood® plantation shutters. These attractive shutters feature an advanced insulation system which offers up to 70% more insulation than wood shutters and 1600% more than aluminum blinds. As a result, you will never have to choose between design or efficiency again.

Our Polywood shutters also feature a a classic design that complements any decorating scheme and provides decreased energy costs at the same time. These American-made faux wood shutters are guaranteed not to crack, warp, or chip in spite of changes in temperature or sun exposure, and they will be an enduring characteristic of your home. Because of the lifetime guarantee, you can enjoy the same timeless look and energy efficiency for years to come.

2.) Take a Good Look at Your Heater

While you should perform yearly maintenance on your heater, 2020 might be the time to evaluate if your HVAC needs an upgrade. Start by giving your HVAC system a practice run to ensure it is operating correctly and swap out the furnace filter if needed. Then check if there are any concerning sounds or humidity issues.

Don’t feel comfortable checking these items on your own? Think about hiring an HVAC pro to take a look at your heating system for both safety and efficiency. A pro can make helpful suggestions about proper maintenance when you have an older HVAC system in your Washington DC home.

3.) Take Note Of Big-Ticket Items

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Every year it’s wise to take stock of your house to evaluate what should be improved. Doing so lets you make an informed budget for impending repairs instead of needing to scramble around at the very last second. For 2020, you will want to take a closer look at those big-ticket items and estimate when they may need maintenance. As a result, you can create a long-term budget forecast that can last until 2025 or beyond.

What items should be on your big-ticket 2020 home maintenance checklist?
  • Fireplace and Chimneys: Cooler: rainy months make for the perfect time of year to evaluate if your fireplace, chimney, and vents are in good repair. Inspect the brickwork for cracks in the mortar or missing bricks. And remember to inspect your wood stoves!
  • Gutters: Give the gutters more than a quick examination for a build-up of leaves and debris. Be on the lookout for damage, such as cracks and warping, or missing parts, such as downspouts and gutter clamps.
  • Roof: Assess your roof for damaged, loose or missing shingles to make sure your roof is prepped and ready for wet weather. Take a trip to the attic on a day it’s raining to see if there are any drips that are coming through.
  • Plumbing: Turn your faucets on and off a couple times and listen for any hammering or shuddering. These noises could mean that air is trapped in the pipes, which isn’t a concern right now but could lead to a leak later on.

Sunburst Can Help You Complete Your 2020 Home Maintenance Checklist With Energy-Efficient Polywood® Shutters

Are you ready to improve your home for this new decade? Our premium Polywood® plantation shutters can bring energy efficiency and style to your Washington DC windows. Call us at 240-339-2588 or fill out the form below to make an appointment for a complimentary consultation in the comfort of your own home today!