5 steps to Winterizing your Utah Rental Property
As the weather begins to get colder and we head into winter, it is important to remember that your rental property will need to be winterized in order to ensure maximum efficiency. You may be asking, “What does winterizing a property entail?” There are many different measures that can be taken to winterize a property, but essentially it’s any protective steps taken to minimize potential problems with the property throughout the winter. Below are some of the most common tips to winterizing your investment property:
- Insulate your windows – Throughout the winter, as much as 25-50% of heat can be lost through the windows. This can be prevented by temporarily installing a thick piece of plastic over each window. This is a very inexpensive way to help keep the heat in the unit and lower the gas bill throughout the winter months.
- Service your furnace regularly – Before winter arrives, it is a good idea to have a HVAC specialist service the furnace at your rental property and replace the furnace filter. Dirt and dust can clog this filter throughout the course of the year, making the furnace work even harder. This can have a drastic effect on the efficiency of the unit and may even cause severe damage, which can be very costly. By focusing on servicing the furnace and replacing the filter, you can save energy and lower the utility bill throughout the winter months.
- Caulk the gaps – On a windy winter day I am sure that you can find a draft coming into your rental property from various locations, including windows, doors, and electrical outlets. This is another example of heat lost throughout the winter months, increasing your utility bills. By caulking or applying weather-stripping to these areas, you can very inexpensively prevent heat from escaping and lower your heating bill.
- Shutoff/remove A/C units – If your investment property has window air conditioning units, it’s wise to have your tenants remove these before the winter months (as heat will escape through the windows if these are not removed). If your property utilizes a swamp cooler, it is essential that all water is drained and the unit is properly covered in order to prevent pipes freezing in the winter. This will also significantly extend the life of the air conditioning system.
- Reverse the fan – A little known fact about ceiling fans is the blades should be turning counter-clockwise in the summer months and clockwise during the winter months. The reasoning for this is to assist warm air being pushed downward in addition to increasing circulation. This tip will also assist in keeping the utility bill lower throughout the winter months.
These five tips are very easy, inexpensive ways to increase the energy efficiency of your investment property and help lower the monthly utility bill during the winter months. If you would like assistance in winterizing your rental property, please consider hiring FRE Property Management. We are the premier property management company in Utah and will provide you with the peace of mind knowing that your investment will be taken care of.
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