Your 2020 Home Maintenance Checklist in San Jose03/06/2020Curtis Orton The whirlwind of 2019 has ended, and 2020 is in full swing. It’s time to get on your resolution of making your San Jose home more energy efficient on boosting your San Jose home’s energy efficiency. Luckily, you need to make only a few minor upgrades to your home,like our quality Polywood® shutters, to make sure that 2020 brings reduced energy costs and less adjusting of the thermostat. Prep your home for the new decade with this 2020 home maintenance checklist for San Jose. 1.) Stop Losing Heat With Energy-Efficient Window Treatments In 2020, say so long to cold winter drafts and & hi to energy-efficient window treatments with Polywood® plantation shutters. These appealing shutters offer a progressive insulation system offering up to 70% more insulation than wood shutters and 1600% more than aluminum blinds. As a result, you will never be forced to sacrifice on style or 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 American-engineered faux wood shutters won’t crack, warp, or chip despite changes in temperature or exposure to the sun, and they will be a lasting part of your home. And with a lifetime warranty, you can enjoy the same look and energy efficiency for years to come. 2.) Take a Good Look at Your Furnace Even though you should always give your heater a yearly checkup, 2020 might be just the right time to see if your HVAC needs an upgrade. Start by giving your HVAC system a trial run to ensure it is running correctly and change the furnace filter if necessary. 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? Think about hiring an HVAC expert to take a look at your heating system for safety and efficiency. An expert can definitely help make suggestions if you have an outdated HVAC system in your San Jose home. 3.) Evaluate The Conditions Of Expensive Items Every year it’s wise to take a look around your house to decide what needs to be improved. Doing so lets you make an informed budget for impending repairs instead of needing to scramble around at the very last minute. For 2020, you will want to take a closer look at those expensive items and estimate when they may need repair or replacement. That way you can write up a long-term budget that can last until 2025 or beyond. What items should be on your big-ticket 2020 home maintenance checklist? Fireplace and Chimneys: Cooler: wet months make for the perfect time of year to evaluate if your fireplace, chimney, and vents are working properly. Look carefully for both cracks in the mortar and missing bricks. And remember to check your wood stoves! Gutters: Give the gutters a thorough examination for accumulated leaves and debris. Look for damage or missing parts. Roof: Inspect your roof for problems with your shingles to avoid the hassle of a leaky foundation and ensure your roof is prepped and ready for wet and windy weather. Take a trip to the attic on a rainy day to look for any leaks coming through. Plumbing: Turn your faucets on and off several times to hear hammering or shuddering. These noises may mean that air is trapped in the plumbing, which may not be a concern right now but could lead to leaks later on. Sunburst Can Help You With Your 2020 Home Maintenance Checklist With Energy-Efficient Plantation Shutters Ready to take the first step in improving your home for this new decade? Our Polywood® plantation shutters can increase both the energy efficiency and style of your San Jose home. Give us a call at 916-542-1305 or fill out the form below to set up a complimentary consultation in the comfort of your own home today!