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Stay Comfortable This Winter with Humidity Control from The Maynard Man!

November 18th, 2019
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If there’s ever been a huge, drastic difference in temperatures anywhere in the U.S. it’s got to be the weather in Nashville. With 90 degree, humid summers it’s hard to believe that not even 6 months later you can be shivering and cranking your home’s heat up as high as it will go.

But take it from the Maynard Man—this is inefficient as best and damaging to your heating system at worst. It restricts the system’s lifespan and increases the likelihood of repair needs. Ideally, you should be keeping your thermostat within a consistent range throughout the year for optimal comfort.

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The Maynard Man’s Top Tips for Energy Savings

November 4th, 2019
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National Energy Awareness month was last month, but saving as much energy as possible shouldn’t be reserved just for October. The Maynard Man is here to tell you that you can save money on your electrical bills throughout the year!

We’re the clean energy experts and want you to use that energy as efficiently as possible. Questions? Reach out to the Maynard Man. In the meantime, read below for some great energy saving tips.

Swap Out Outdated Lightbulbs

Are you still using standard incandescent light bulbs? Phase them out. Seriously—CFL, or Compact Fluorescent Light, bulbs last 10x longer and use about 75% less energy—ultimately saving you money in the process. While CFL bulbs are more expensive upfront, the fact that they last far longer and save enough energy that the initial cost gets paid back quickly.

Upgrade Your Thermostat

Are you using an old, manual slider thermostat? There’s a slight flaw with these—they’re not accurate. That is, you can’t set the temperature as precisely as you’d be able to with a programmable or even a digital thermostat. If your thermostat is off by even just a couple of degrees, it will cause your air conditioner or heater to run for longer than it should have to, wasting energy and money.

Don’t Overuse Your Electronics and Lighting

One of the best ways to save energy, no matter the time of year, is to turn off lights you’re not using. We get it, for security purposes it may make sense to leave a few lights on when you’re not home so the home looks occupied. But if you’re consistently leaving lights on in all your rooms whether you’re home or not, this is a waste of energy.

Innocent habits like this one extend to other electronics too—do you fall asleep with your TV on? Do you leave devices plugged in? These are all ways we waste energy in our homes without even realizing it. But the smallest of adjustments to these habits can make a huge difference on your energy bills.

Weather Seal Your Home

Do you have drafty doors or windows? You may know why this is a problem in the winter—it allows cold air in and you don’t feel as comfortable. It’s just as inconvenient in the summer though—cooled air is allowed to escape out of your home, instead. As a result, your HVAC systems run longer than they should have to because they’re trying to compensate for the change in temperature in your living space.

Use Your Ceiling Fans to Adjust the Temperature

A ceiling fan on its own won’t lower the temperature of your rooms. But when you use it in combination with your air conditioner, it allows you to turn the thermostat up a few degrees, which makes your cooling system more affordable to run.

The same concept applies to your heater. In the winter, you can reverse the direction of your ceiling fan blades to more evenly distribute the heated air and make your home feel warmer.

These are just a few of the ways you can conserve energy or use energy more wisely. We encourage you to ask our electricians for more tips, tricks and advice.

Need a Helping Hand, Call the Maynard Man! We are The Clean Air, Clean Water, Clean Energy Expert. Contact our professional Nashville electricians today.

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The Maynard Man Says: Beware These 3 Common Plumbing Problems

October 21st, 2019
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Life as a Nashville area homeowner would sure look a lot different if it weren’t for modern plumbing! We have so many fixtures and appliances in our homes now to make our lives more convenient. It all works so flawlessly most of the time that it’s easy to take for granted.

But take it from the Maynard Man—when something does go wrong with your plumbing system, you’ll be happy to have a professional plumber in Nashville, TN that you can call right away. That’s what our team is here for.

Of course, sometimes the best way to fix a plumbing problem is to avoid it to begin with. This means you’d need to know some of the most common plumbing issues and helpful tips to avoid them. Read on!

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The Maynard Man Says: Stay Safe! Schedule Your Heating Maintenance Appointment Today

October 7th, 2019
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The Maynard Man here! Nighttime temperatures have already begun to drop a bit and with the official start of fall here, it’s time for homeowners to turn their attention from their cooling efforts to getting their heaters prepped for winter.

What does this mean? It means ensuring that your heater is well maintained! Why does this matter? Because of your safety. This is especially true with a gas-powered heater. Over the years, your heater accumulates wear and tear, and without routine maintenance this means the heat exchangers can accumulate damage, leaving you with cracked components.

A cracked heat exchanger will allow dangerous gasses—namely, carbon monoxide—to leak out and into your living space. This is a hazardous and harmful substance that can make homeowners very ill and can even be fatal in large amounts. Safety isn’t the only reason you should invest in annual heating maintenance, though! Read on to learn all the ways you’ll benefit.

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Tips from the Maynard Man: How to Maintain Your Sump Pump

September 23rd, 2019
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The Maynard Man here, with some helpful advice to protect your home from the wet weather we’re all too familiar with around here. If you’re lucky, you’ve never been in a position that flooding has ruined your home, and hopefully you never will be with quality Nashville sump pump services.

Sump pumps are quite common around our parts, not to mention necessary! The climate change we experience in the fall and winter means lots of rain—rainwater that can potentially send water gushing into your home, fast. If you already have a sump pump, is it prepared? You can make sure it is by following these tips, straight from the Maynard Man!

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The Maynard Man Answers: “What Does the R-22 Phaseout Mean for My AC?”

September 9th, 2019

The Maynard Man knows that your air conditioner is no small investment. So you want to make sure it lasts for as long as possible and works as efficiently as possible throughout its lifespan.

This isn’t possible though, if you have a refrigerant leak. If your air conditioner is over 10 years old, it’s very likely it uses an outdated type of refrigerant—R-22. What’s wrong with this?

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End-Of-Season AC Care Tips from The Maynard

August 26th, 2019
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It’s true, you may still be using your air conditioner for another month or so, but The Maynard Man likes to make sure our customers are prepared.

With the official end of summer a handful of weeks away, temperatures will begin to cool and it will soon be time to breathe a sigh of relief, open those windows, and enjoy the breeze until winter comes.

Before that happens, we want to make sure you’re not neglecting any central AC services in Nashville that could lead to a malfunctioning cooling system next year. What can you do to weatherize your AC?

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Tips from The Maynard Man: Protect Your Indoor Air with Duct Cleaning

August 21st, 2019
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Have you ever walked into your home after being gone all day, only to suddenly have your allergy and asthma symptoms flare up?

Or maybe you have a healthy member of your family who seems to be getting sick more and more often. What’s causing this, and what can you do about it?

The Maynard Man has an answer for you! Your indoor air quality can actually be worse that the quality of the air outdoors, without the right products in place or without the right services. One of these services is a thorough duct cleaning, once every few years.

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The APCO UV Light from The Maynard Man

August 20th, 2019
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If you’re not already concerned about the presence of biological contaminants in your indoor air, you should be! At least, you should be if you don’t have the right indoor air quality products in place.

The Maynard Man is here to share with you one very important home comfort device that we can easily install right into your HVAC ductwork to clean the air as it passes through, using nothing more than UV radiation! This device is called the APCO UV light.

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The Maynard Man Shares 4 Potential Causes of Damaging Power Surges

August 12th, 2019
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The Maynard Man loves summer, but there are certainly some aspects that aren’t so fun, right? A muggy climate, sunburns, fried electronics—wait, what’s that last one?

While you’re apt to crank your thermostat down as low as it will go to achieve optimal comfort, that excess strain on your home’s electrical system can cause a power surge that impacts all the electrical appliances and equipment in your living space. This causes irreparable damage, and it’s not the only potential cause of a power surge—more on that below.

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