Your 2020 Home Maintenance Checklist in Fort Myers03/06/2020Charlie Cole and Brady Parker The whirlwind of 2019 has come and gone, and 2020 has already begun. Now, it’s time to get on your brand-new plan of making your Fort Myers home more energy efficient on improving your Fort Myers home’s energy efficiency. Fortunately, it takes only a few minor upgrades to your home,such as our quality Polywood® plantation shutters, to ensure that the new year comes with reduced energy costs and fewer thermostat adjustments. Prepare your home for the upcoming decade with this 2020 home maintenance checklist for Fort Myers. 1.) Keep The Heat In With Energy-Efficient Plantation Shutters For 2020, say goodbye to frigid winter drafts and & hello to energy-efficient window coverings with our custom-fitted Polywood® plantation shutters. These beautiful faux wood shutters have a progressive insulation system with up to 70% more insulation than wood shutters and 1600% more than aluminum blinds. As a result, you won’t ever have to choose between style or energy efficiency again. Our Polywood shutters also offer a timeless design quality that goes well with any décor and provides lower energy costs at the same time. These USA-made faux wood shutters are guaranteed not to crack, warp, or chip regardless of varying temperatures or sun exposure, and they become a permanent part of your home. Because of our lifetime warranty, you can enjoy the same look and energy efficiency for years to come. 2.) Pay The Furnace A Visit Even though you should perform yearly maintenance on your heater, 2020 may be the year to see if your HVAC needs an upgrade. Begin by giving your system a test run to ensure it’s running the way it should and swap out the furnace filter if needed. Then investigate any concerning sounds or humidity issues. Don’t feel knowledgable enough to check these items on your own? Consider finding a heating and cooling expert to take a look at your HVAC system to make sure it’s both safe and efficient. A pro can make helpful suggestions about proper maintenance if you have an aging HVAC system in your Fort Myers home. 3.) Take Note Of Big-Ticket Items Taking a yearly look at items around your house and evaluating what shape they’re in allows you to make an informed budget for upcoming repairs. For 2020, you’ll want to take a closer inspection of those big-ticket items and calculate when they might need to be repaired or replaced. You can then create a long-term budget forecast that can last until 2025 or even 2030. What items should make up your 2020 home maintenance checklist? Fireplace and Chimneys: Cooler: wet months make for the perfect time of year to see if your fireplace, chimney, and vents are in good condition. Inspect the brickwork for both cracks in the mortar and missing bricks. And remember to inspect your wood-burning stoves! Gutters: Check the gutters for a build-up of leaves and debris. Watch for damage, such as cracks and warping, or missing parts, such as downspouts and gutter clamps. Roof: Scan your roof for problems with your shingles to confirm your roof is prepped and ready for wet weather. Go into the attic on a rainy day to look for any leaks coming through. Plumbing: Turn your faucets on and off a few times to hear hammering or shuddering. These odd noises could mean that air is trapped in the pipes, which may not be an issue right now but could lead to leaks later on. Sunburst Can Help You Complete Your 2020 Home Maintenance Checklist With Energy-Efficient Polywood® Shutters Ready to prepare your home for the upcoming decade? Our Polywood® plantation shutters can improve both the energy efficiency and style of your Fort Myers home. Just call 239-208-6577 or fill out the form below to schedule a complimentary in-home consultation with our window experts today!