Cool Down Your Rental Property with Property Management Tweaks

Cool Down Your Rental Property with Property Management Tweaks

Canadian summers are notoriously scorching and pose an additional worry for landlords. It’s difficult enough to have to worry about regular property maintenance, seasonal fixes, inspections and being available almost 24/7 for one’s tenants. Having to also go through the trouble of ensuring their tenants are sufficiently cooled down and comfortable in their rentals is unfortunate, but necessary. Be it residential, commercial or industrial property management, there are cheap ways to keep cool in the summer, some of which are as follows:

  • Make sure direct sunlight stays out
  • Keep doors & windows well sealed
  • Apply reflecting film on windows
  • Use solar screening
  • Use less light

Make Sure Direct Sunlight Stays Out

The math is very simple here: the less heat manages to get inside your home, the less you’ll have to pay to get it out. Solve the problem by installing drapes, which block heat and sunlight much better than blinds. This is important because direct sunlight can raise room temperature anywhere between 10 and 20 degrees.

Keep Doors & Windows Well Sealed

If the cold air in your home escapes to the outside easily, you’ll have to pay a lot more to keep your home cool continuously. A cheap, quick and easy-to-install fix for this problem is do-it-yourself weather stripping for doors and caulk for windows. When applying this, remember to caulk around the holes where pipes go into the wall under sinks.

Apply Reflecting Film On Windows

When it comes to residential, commercial and industrial property management tips for keeping cool in the summer, it’s important to know that solar energy entering through glass accounts for around a third or a structure’s cooling requirements. This is where the reflective film can come in handy, as it blocks around 40-60% of heat while still ensuring plenty of light.

Use Solar Screening

Compared to regular screening, solar screening is designed to reflect much more sunlight. It’s a special mesh that can block between 60 and 70% of heat from sunlight and can be found at most home improvement stores. Opt for screens that don’t block too much light. Otherwise, you’ll end up using more lighting inside which generates heat. This will defeat the purpose of using the screens in the first place.

Use Less Light

In case you didn’t know, bulbs and other sources of light generate a lot of heat. This is heat that your AC system has to remove, which is why it makes sense to switch over to CFL or compact fluorescent bulbs. These bulbs were designed to create 70-90% less heat and use 75% less energy compared to regular lights. Even if you have efficient bulbs, always remember to turn off the lights when you’re not in a room.

Tired Of Solving Rental Issues? Have A Property Manager From Latitude Do It For You

In addition to having to be at the tenants’ beck and call nearly non-stop, being a landlord means you have to devote all your free time to your rental properties. A much simpler and easier solution is to hire a professional property manager to take care of your property for you while you enjoy an extended summer vacation. Latitude Properties Limited is home to a team of expert and experienced professionals hardened by years of solving the trickiest commercial, residential and industrial property management issues. Contact Latitude today and put your rental property in the right hands.