A handful of things might cause more complications in an Independence County rental property but none more than drafty doors and windows. Old-fashioned properties are on many occasions hampered by leaking air and single-pane windows, which significantly lower a home’s energy efficiency and makes it challenging to keep an agreeable temperature in the home. Even so, recently built homes can also be faced with drafts supposing that the windows and doors were installed or sealed up incompetently. You’ll be happy to know that one or two straightforward enhancements can go a long way to help lower energy costs and heighten tenant gratification.
Making an energy-efficient rental home does not indicate a total window and exterior door replacement. As specified by the US Department of Energy (USDE), heat gain and loss because of leaky windows represent up to 30% of residential heating and cooling energy use. When searching for how to improve efficiency, a nice place to start is sealing cracks, gaps, and replacing weather-stripping. The actual windows and doors currently in the home can be improved and updated by doing this. There would be no need to purchase new ones. Other ways to increase the energy efficiency of existing windows– without spending a lot– include putting window treatments or solar film.
If implementing these steps do not increase its efficiency or the window itself is old or damaged, the USDE suggests that installing storm windows over your current windows is a good supplementary option. While storm windows are more expensive than weather-stripping, they are decidedly less than a quarter of the cost of a whole-house replacement. In addition to that, storm windows can enhance energy efficiency almost as much as brand new windows, lowering utility bills and ensuring long-term comfort for tenants.
There are lots of intelligent lines of reasoning to convince yourself to bankroll a whole-house window replacement plan. It may be a costly option but really, new windows offer the highest return on your investment. The technology of energy-efficient windows has progressed over the years, giving many more options for budget-conscious property owners. Today, customized window options exist for cold climates, hot climates, and everything in between. For instance, choosing to install gas-filled windows with Low-E coatings can significantly reduce heat loss in cold weather, and for the hot months of summer, these very same coatings would keep the heat out. This would make it a lot easier for the tenants. New windows would also outlive storm windows or the other options written here. This would greatly lower maintenance and repairs expenses.
With these many choices, the best starting place is with a detailed rental property evaluation to assess the condition of windows and doors. This is where Real Property Management Delta can step in and assist you. We check your whole property and find out the optimum methods to increase energy efficiency. We then work with you to help you keep your costs to a minimum while still keeping your Independence rental home comfortable, efficient, and attractive to existing and future tenants. If you want to know more about what we can do to serve you, don’t hesitate to contact us online or call us at 501-404-0674.
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