As we turn over a new year, and a new decade, it’s the perfect opportunity to reflect and start fresh. For 2020, expand your resolutions to include both self improvement and home improvement! From minor maintenance to major remodels, your home could always use extra care. Don’t wait until next year (or the next decade). Resolve to make 2020 the year of home comfort with these 5 key home improvements.

1) Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

One of the best goals you can set for the new year is to take better care of our environment. Conserving energy is a big undertaking. Fortunately, you can do your part right at home. Putting a greater focus on reducing the use (and waste) of energy in your home will not only contribute to the health of the Earth, but to your bank account as well. When you put a greater focus on eco-friendly choices throughout your home, your bills will be reduced right along with your environmental impact. Here’s a few tips to get you started: 

Buy energy efficient appliances
If this is a year that you plan to replace your refrigerator, washer and dryer, furnace, or virtually any household appliance, put efficiency first. Choose those that are Energy Star rated and which mention energy conservation as a prominent feature.

Disconnect your energy-suckersNo matter how innovative your appliances and devices might be, they’ll still expend energy when you aren’t using them. Make sure to turn off and unplug anything that you’re not using consistently.
Be mindful of maintenanceMany appliances and devices overuse energy in your home because they haven’t been properly maintained, are being misused, or because they need repairs which would help them perform more efficiently. Make sure every appliance is functioning at its best to prevent energy overuse.
Prevent energy lossIf you notice your heating system is constantly cycling, your home might require weatherization. Outdated windows and doors let cold air into your home, while ducts that require sealing lose that warm air to your attic. That means your heater must work extra hard to warm your home. Weatherize your home to prevent any unnecessary energy loss. 

Stay informed Looking for more information on how you can keep your home energy efficient and reduce your carbon footprint? We have a whole library of energy efficiency resources — start here.

2) Walk the Perimeter

When was the last time you really looked at the outside of your home? If you’re like us, you probably come in and out of your home daily and never give it a passing glance. 

This year, make an effort to seasonally check in with your exterior. Look for peeling paint, cracked foundation, overzealous plantlife, and errant gutters. Perhaps you’ll power-wash in the spring, patch the roof this summer, and clean the ivy off of your AC unit this year. 

Whatever your home needs, don’t neglect the outside. You don’t want to be surprised when the outdoor problems come crawling inward. 

3) Put Safety First

It’s never a bad time to put the safety of your family above all else. Unfortunately, many of us neglect safety updates for too long, assuming we won’t need to. Don’t make that mistake this year. Make sure your home is ready for anything:

Upgrade your CO Monitor
Don’t wait to make sure your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are upgraded and well-functioning. This could save a life. Brody Pennell can ensure your home and family are secure and safe with an up-to-code Carrier CO detector.

Update your prevention plansDo you have a plan in case of fire or natural disaster? As your family grows and changes, these plans should be updated to account for new occupants or different bedroom arrangements. No matter where they are in your home, your family should know how to react to any emergency.
Invest in security and surveillanceIf you haven’t already, this year could be a great time to install cameras, floodlights, motion detectors, or even a privacy fence. Even on the safest streets, surprises happen. Don’t let them happen to you.
Deter unwanted pestsNot every pest is potentially harmful or hazardous, but no pest is a good pest. Protect your humans, animals, and the whole house from infestations that are costly to remediate.
Make all-over safety updates   
From baby-proofing your house to making updates that suit aging family members, your home is in constant need of something new. Make sure that your new bathroom has a no-slip bar for grandma and that you take this winter to finally fix that loose step to the basement. Don’t put off any project that could keep your loved ones safe. 

4) Commit to Heating System Maintenance

Do you have a maintenance plan for your heating and air conditioning systems? If not, this is one of the best investments you could make for your whole home and the entire family. The benefits of ongoing HVAC maintenance include:

  • Fewer surprise repairs
  • Lower repair costs 
  • More consistent home comfort
  • Prevention of hazards
  • Early detection for system replacement 

Prioritize the reliable comfort of your home and the cost-savings that come with investing in ongoing heating and cooling maintenance. 

5) Resolve to Breathe Better

Does anyone in your family have indoor allergies?  This year, commit to improving the air quality and stabilizing humidity levels in your home.

2020 is the time to start investigating your IAQ (Indoor Air Quality). Your IAQ can impact how your family breathes, especially if you have allergies, asthma, or immunodeficiencies among you. High humidity and low humidity can both cause a whole host of additional issues from mold to structural damage. 

At Brody Pennell, we provide a variety of IAQ services and products to improve your home comfort beyond the temperature. Our humidifiers and dehumidifiers, air purifiers and cleaners, and duct cleaning services will ensure that your family breathes the best possible air all year long. 

Resolve to Live Healthy & Happy in 2020

When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, the goal should be personal and true to you. At Brody Pennell, we believe there’s nothing more sacred than your home. If you plan to give your home some love and attention in 2020, we’re here to help. We can be your partner in helping you achieve your home improvement resolutions. Contact us for all of your heating, cooling, and home comfort needs. Call today at (310) 896 4911

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