Summer is almost here. Are your properties ready for the hot weather to arrive? By acting now, you’ll save later on energy and maintenance costs and keep your tenants cool, comfortable and happier all season long.
Here are six measures you can take to make sure your properties are ready to handle the worst summer has to offer.
- Hire a qualified professional to inspect and clean air conditioning units. This will help ensure optimal system performance and save you headaches later by reducing tenant complaints and maintenance calls.
- Change air conditioning filters at the start of the cooling season and every month thereafter. Dirty filters make air conditioning systems work harder, wasting energy and reducing indoor air quality.
- Install programmable or smart thermostats. Adjusting thermostats is the easiest and most cost-effective way for your tenants to save energy. Programmable models optimize savings and add convenience. Smart thermostats include advanced features such as remote control and self-programming.
- Inspect windows and exterior doors for leaks. Leaks let conditioned air escape from the building, reducing comfort and making air conditioning units work harder. Seal leaks, caulk windows and install weatherstripping on doors.
- Seal and insulate accessible ductwork. Leaky ducts reduce air conditioning system efficiency, costing you energy dollars during the summer months and all year long.
- Make sure building insulation meets recommendations. Insulation reduces energy use for air conditioning and increases occupant comfort all year long. Hire a qualified contractor to make sure your buildings are insulated according to levels recommended in building energy codes such as the International Energy Conservation Code or ASHRAE 90.1.
If your air conditioning system is older or in need of repair, consider upgrading to a new ENERGY STAR® certified unit. ENERGY STAR air conditioners use less energy than standard models while still providing the same level of comfort and performance. For multifamily properties, ductless mini-split heat pumps could be a cost-effective upgrade option.