Your 2020 Home Maintenance Checklist in Kingsport03/06/2020Jacob Hayes The whirl of 2019 has come and gone, and 2020 is in full swing. Now, it’s time to get on your brand-new plan of making your Kingsport home more energy efficient on increasing your Kingsport home’s energy efficiency. Fortunately, it takes only several minor changes to your home,such as faux wood shutters, to make sure that 2020 rings in with lower energy bills and fewer thermostat adjustments. Ready your home for the new decade with this 2020 home maintenance checklist for Kingsport. 1.) Stop Losing Heat With Energy-Efficient Window Treatments In 2020, say farewell to frigid winter drafts and & hello to energy-efficient window coverings with our high-quality Polywood® plantation shutters. These attractive shutters feature an insulation system offering up to 70% more insulation than wood shutters and 1600% more than aluminum blinds. As a result, you’ll never have to compromise on aesthetic or energy efficiency again. Our Polywood shutters also offer a timeless design that works with any decorating scheme and provides decreased energy costs at the same time. These USA-made faux wood shutters will not become warped or discolored regardless of changes in temperature or sun exposure, and they become an enduring feature of your home. Because of our lifetime warranty, you can enjoy the same classic look and energy efficiency for many years to come. 2.) Take a Good Look at Your Heater Even though you should give your furnace a yearly checkup, 2020 may be just the right time to decide if your HVAC needs an upgrade. Begin by giving your HVAC system a test run to make sure it’s working correctly and change the furnace filter if needed. Then check if there are 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 pro to check your HVAC system to make sure it’s both safe and efficient. An expert can make helpful suggestions about proper maintenance if you have an older heating system in your Kingsport home. 3.) Take Stock Of Big-Ticket Items Each year it’s wise to take stock of your home to see what should be improved. Doing so lets you make an informed budget for upcoming repairs instead of scrambling around at the last second. For 2020, you will want to take a closer look at those big-ticket items and decide when they might need maintenance. As a result, you can create a long-term budgeting outlook that can last until 2025 or beyond. What items should be on your 2020 home maintenance checklist? Fireplace and Chimneys: Cooler: rainy months are a good time to see if your fireplace, chimney, and vents are in good repair. Especially check for both cracks in the mortar and missing bricks. And don’t forget about your wood stoves! Gutters: Check the gutters for an accumulation of leaves and debris. Look for cracks, warping, missing downspouts, or missing gutter clamps. Roof: Inspect your roof for problems with your shingles to make sure your roof is prepped and ready for wet and windy weather. Visit the attic on a day it’s raining to look for any drips that are coming through. Plumbing: Turn your faucets on and off several times to hear any odd noises such as hammering or shuddering. These noises may mean that air is trapped in the pipes, which isn’t a concern now but could lead to a leak later on. Sunburst Can Assist You With Your 2020 Home Maintenance Checklist With Energy-Efficient Polywood® Plantation Shutters Are you ready to take the first step in preparing your home for the new decade? Our Polywood® plantation shutters can bring energy efficiency and style to your Kingsport windows. Call us at 276-685-5343 or complete the following form to make an appointment for a complimentary consultation in the comfort of your own home today!