In our last post, we covered some ways to stay cool during a heat wave in your rental property. Well, we’re back with five more tips and tricks to keep you from sweltering in your own home, reduce energy costs and enjoy cooler temperatures today.
Traditional light bulbs can give off extra heat, raising the temperature inside of your home. Energy-efficient bulbs produce almost 5 times less heat than traditional light bulbs, adding to the cooler temperatures inside your property. Next time a light bulb burns out, consider replacing it with an energy-efficient bulb.
Ceiling fans are a great tool to keep the air moving in a room. Make sure they are set to spin counterclockwise, and install them 10”-12” from the ceiling for maximum air circulation. Fan blades should be cleaned regularly to avoid any buildup of dust.
Without proper ventilation, even cold showers can increase the humidity in your property. Damp air from the bathroom can make tenants feel sticky and uncomfortable in the hot weather. Having a properly vented bathroom also ensures mold and mildew will not grow in the damp corners, keeping away an expensive problem.
Properly spaced windows on both sides of a room are positioned to let cool air blow around the room. A cross breeze is great for keeping the air moving in your rental property, especially at night when the temperatures drop. It is also a great way to let in the fresh air.
Keeping residents cool smack dab in the middle of summer can be a challenge, but it can be done. Start connecting with tenants and collaborate on what can be done. By making a few small changes, you’ll be able to better serve your community of renters.