Heat and Your House
- Roof and attic. When was the last time you went into your attic? You may not even know how hot it’s getting in there and it could be seriously shortening the life of your roof. When attics are hot, chances are, your roof is hot too. If you have shingles, heat can cause them to wear and shorten their life span. Consider adding attic fans and/or a ridge vent to keep air circulating. This will save you money in the long run as they are much cheaper to install than a new roof.
- Windows. Is the inside of your house hot even when the air conditioner is on? It may be that the cool air is escaping out your windows. New energy efficient windows with UV protection can keep your home a lot cooler and, in turn, save money on your utility bills. Now, this can be a costly investment but if you’re planning on staying in your home for many years, the cost savings on utilities will likely be worth it. If you don’t want that initial expense, you may look into a UV window film that you can add to your windows. It will save you some money on both sides and help keep you cool in the height of summer.
- HVAC. How old is your HVAC Unit? Is it big enough for your square footage? What is the SEER rating? It may be that your unit is just not keeping up. A simple tune-up could provide the relief you need, or it may be something more serious. My advice is to put money back a little at a time as new units can be very costly. There are financing options but when you go to sell, most of those are lines on the home that will need to be paid off. If you are looking to save some money, window units and ceiling fans can be installed and make things much cooler without the major expense. Just make sure that if you are adding window units, your neighborhood or county allows them.
Michelle Froedge is a residential Realtor and Principal Broker in the Greater Nashville and Williamson County areas of Tennessee. “Mom” to four-legged fur babies, Tyler and Livvie, Auntie to Zelamie, she is a vegetarian and sings in her spare time. Michelle has lived in Nashville and Franklin since 1997 and has been selling homes since 2004.