Your 2020 Home Maintenance Checklist in Boise03/06/2020Spencer Madsen The whirl of 2019 has come and gone, and 2020 is in full swing. Now, it’s time to focus on your resolution of making your Boise home more energy efficient on improving your Boise home’s energy efficiency. Luckily, it takes only some small changes to your home,such as our Polywood® shutters, to ensure that 2020 rings in with reduced energy costs and fewer thermostat adjustments. Ready your home for the new decade with this 2020 home maintenance checklist for Boise. 1.) Stop Losing Heat With Energy-Efficient Plantation Shutters For 2020, say goodbye to freezing heat loss and & hello to energy-efficient window treatments with our high-quality Polywood® plantation shutters. These appealing faux wood shutters offer a progressive insulation system with up to 70% more insulation than wood shutters and 1600% more than aluminum blinds. You’ll never need to choose between aesthetic or efficiency again. Our Polywood shutters also offer a timeless design that complements any decorating scheme and provides lower energy costs at the same time. These American-engineered shutters will not warp or yellow regardless of changes in temperature or exposure to sunlight, and they will become a permanent part of your home. Because of the lifetime warranty, you can enjoy the same classic look and energy efficiency for many years to come. 2.) Take a Good Look at Your Furnace While you should perform annual maintenance on your furnace, 2020 might be the time to evaluate if your HVAC needs an upgrade. Give your system a test run to make sure it is operating the way it should and swap out the furnace filter if needed. Then investigate any odd noises or humidity issues. Don’t feel knowledgable enough to check your HVAC system yourself? Think about hiring a heating/cooling professional to check your system for both safety and efficiency. An expert can make helpful suggestions about proper maintenance if you have an older heating system in your Boise home. 3.) Take Stock Of Big-Ticket Items Every year it makes sense to take stock of your home to decide what should be improved. Doing so allows you to make an informed budget for upcoming repairs instead of having to scramble around at the very last minute. For 2020, you will want to take a closer inspection of those big-ticket items and decide when they may need maintenance. That way you can create a long-term budgeting outlook that can last until 2025 or even longer. What items should be on your 2020 home maintenance checklist? Fireplace and Chimneys: Cooler: rainy months are an excellent time to see if your fireplace, chimney, and vents are working properly. Especially check for cracks in the mortar or missing bricks. And remember to check your wood-burning stoves! Gutters: Check the gutters for leaves and other debris. Be on the lookout for cracks, warping, missing downspouts, or missing gutter clamps. Roof: Assess your roof for damaged, loose or missing shingles to avoid the hassle of a leaky foundation and ensure your roof is prepped for wet weather conditions. Visit the attic when it is raining to make sure there aren’t any leaks coming through. Plumbing: Turn on and off the water a few times and listen for any hammering or shuddering. These noises could mean that air is trapped within the pipes, which may not be 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® Plantation Shutters Are you ready to take the first step in preparing your home for the upcoming decade? Our Polywood® plantation shutters can bring energy efficiency and style to your Boise windows. Call us at 208-609-9129 or fill out the form below to set up a complimentary consultation in the comfort of your own home today!