Even though it is April and the weather is currently mild Spring temperatures with lots of rain, don’t blink, because summer has a tendency to roll in quickly and without warning. I have no desire to rush these seasons, but we have so many new friends around town that I just wanted to give you all a heads up that our season change fast and summer temps def stick around the the longest.
Would you rather your heat go out in the winter or your ac go out in the summer? I would most definitely take heater going out in the winter only because I know we have enough layers around here to manage. A Nashville Summer is brutal. We have both heat and humidity. Thankfully Hoffmann Brothers Nashville is here to take care of us in either situation. I have teamed up with them to share top tips to make sure you are staying cool this summer.
10 Tips to Survive the Nashville Summer:
1. Install a programmable thermostat.
I am always on the hunt for ways to make life easier. With auto-scheduling capabilities, the thermostat learns from you and programs itself to keep temperatures higher when your family isn’t home to keep costs low. By automatically adjusting your home’s temperature when you’re asleep or away, the WiFi-connected devices can lower your cooling costs by as much as 10 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. And when energy costs are going up, every little bit helps.
2. Replace your air filter.
This is probably the easiest one if you are a Hoffmann Brothers Nashville Home Protection Plan member. These come straight to your door and are free for the life of your plan. Your HVAC systems air filter gets a lot more use during the summer. Not only does a dirty filter send dust, dander and other pollutants into the home, it puts added stress on the unit, increasing the chances of it going out on the hottest day of the year.
3. Install window coverings.
As a home decor enthusiast this might be my favorite one. We live in a newer neighborhood so we have to rely on curtains and blinds vs trees in nature to give us shade. I always look for curtains that allow light to come through and layer them with more light blocking for night time. That way during the day, I still get a lot of light without the heat.
4. Keep doors closed.
One of the first times I realized I was turning into my mom was when I yelled at the kids for the nonstop door-slamming coming in and out all day during the summer. It has been downhill since. But when the air conditioner is on and running, every opened door and window leaks out valuable energy. So when the kids are headed outside during these warm months, I make sure they have what they need to avoid this commotion.
5. Install ceiling fans in high-trafficked rooms.
As a home decor enthusiast this one pains me to write. Ceiling fans operate by pulling warm air up against the ceiling and then pushing it down against the walls to simulate a chilled breeze air circulation. For this effect to work, you’ll want to ensure your home’s fans are turning in a counter-clockwise rotation during the summer. Not all fans look like you’re grandmas. You can find ones that are aesthetically pleasing like these.
6. Search out and seal any air leaks.
Energy prices are high enough without having to cool the outside. Ensure your home is properly sealed. Best place to start is the stripping and caulking around your doors and windows and replace where needed. This also helps keep out some of the creepy crawlers.
7. Consider a whole-house dehumidifier.
As moisture in the air rises, it creates the ideal conditions for dust mites, mold, and other allergens in your home. Since we live in a humid region, and allergies are already abundant, it’s worth considering a whole-house dehumidifier. This can be tied into an existing forced-air heating and cooling system or installed independently.
8. Have your central AC unit professionally serviced at least once a year.
The technician will do a range of maintenance tasks that are beyond the skill set of an average homeowner, like checking refrigerant levels and making sure the coil has enough charge.
10. Call in the professionals.
While many of these preparation tips can be easily done if you are handy, a professional like Hoffmann Brothers can help you figure out the best techniques for your home.
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