Your 2020 Home Maintenance Checklist in Boston

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The whirlwind that is the holiday season in Boston has come and gone, and 2020 has just begun. Now, its time to get on your New Year's resolution of making your home more energy-efficient. Luckily, all it takes are some small improvements to your home, like faux wood plantation shutters, to ensure that 2020 comes with lower energy bills and less fiddling with the thermostat. Prep your home for the new decade with this 2020 home maintenance checklist for Boston.

Keep The Heat In With Energy-Efficient Window Treatments

For 2020, say "so long" to cold winter drafts and & "hello" to energy-efficient window treatments with Polywood® plantation shutters. These beautiful shutters offer a progressive insulation system offering up to 70% more insulation than wood shutters and 1600% more than aluminum blinds, meaning you will never have to sacrifice on aesthetic or efficiency again.

Polywood shutters also offer a timeless design quality that complements any decor and provides energy savings in the same swing. These American-engineered shutters won't crack, warp or chip regardless of changes in temperature or sun exposure which means there's no need to swap these out come spring. And with a lifetime warranty, you can enjoy the same look and energy-efficiency for decades to come.

Pay The Heater A Visit

While you should always give your heater an annual checkup, 2020 might be the time to see if you need an HVAC upgrade. Inspect your furnace extra-thoroughly to ensure the system is running at full capacity. Start by giving your heating system a test run to ensure it's running properly and replace the furnace filter if needed. Then check out if there are any clinking, clunking, shuttering, or humidity issues.

Don't feel comfortable checking these items on your own? Consider hiring a heating/cooling expert to check your heating system for safety and efficiency. An expert can definitely help make suggestions when you have an older heating structure in your Boston home.

Take Stock Of Big Ticket Items

A living room filled with furniture and a fireplaceEvery year it's wise to take a quick look around your house to see what needs improving. Doing so allows you to budget for upcoming repairs instead of having to scramble around at the last minute. For 2020, you will want to take a closer inspection of those big-ticket items and estimate when they may need repair or replacement. That way you can make a long term budgeting outlook that can last until 2025 or even 2030.

What items should be in your big-ticket 2020 maintenance checkup?

  • Fireplace and Chimney:

    Cooler, wet months make for the perfect time to see if your fireplace, chimney, and vents are in good repair. Especially check for cracks in the mortar or missing bricks. And don't forget about your wood stoves!

  • Gutters:

    Give the gutters a more than a quick inspection for accumulated leaves and debris. Look for cracks, warping, missing downspouts or any gutter clamps that are missing.

  • Roof:

    Scan your roof for damaged, loose or missing shingles to avoid the hassle of a leaky foundation and ensure your roof is ready for wet weather. Go into the attic on a rainy day to see if there are any dripping that's coming through.

  • Plumbing:

    Turn on and off the water a few times to see if you hear any hammering or shuttering. These noises may mean that air is trapped within the pipes, which isn't a problem now but could lead to a leak later on.

Sunburst Can Help You With Your 2020 Home Maintenance Checklist With Energy Efficient Plantation Shutters

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 Boston home. Just call 781-352-2205 or fill out the form below to schedule a free in-home consultation today!