If you’re a landlord renting out your property, there are a few things you can do to maintain your tenant’s comfort while protecting the HVAC equipment, avoiding safety issues and expensive repairs down the road.
Inspect the equipment before buying
First things first, when investing in a new rental property, be sure the HVAC systems are professionally inspected. This can give you more negotiating power and may prevent costly issues from occurring in the future.
HVAC filters keep the air clean and prevent equipment from filling up with dust. Depending on the type of filter in the system, it may need to be changed as frequently as once a month. As a rule of thumb, you should keep a spare filter on hand at your rental property at all times and change it during regular visits. You could leave this task up to your tenants however, putting it in the hands of someone who may not be as invested in the property as you are may not be the best route to go. Regardless, the process should be communicated clearly to tenants when they sign the rental agreement.
Keep up with regular maintenance
Even the HVAC systems in a rental property should have a bi-annual tune-up. During regular maintenance, all components are checked and cleaned to ensure optimal performance and safety. This process will not only give you peace of mind but will also lengthen the lifespan of your equipment.
If the property is vacant, adjust accordingly
Your property may sit vacant for a period of time between tenants. In the winter, you can set the thermostat as low as 50-55 degrees during these times. In the summer, when there is no risk of frozen pipes, you can turn off the system completely. However, be sure to check in regularly to ensure there are no issues with humidity that could result in mold growth.
Know when to replace
If your system is nearing the end of its life, consider replacing it. Not only can updated equipment provide energy savings, it can be appealing to new renters and will ensure the safety of your tenants.
Check in regularly
The best way to see if your systems are working optimally is simply to ask your tenants. They can offer insight into issues with uneven heating or cooling, odd smells or sounds or general discomfort.
Ensuring the HVAC systems in your rental property are functioning correctly will help you to maintain quality, long-term tenants.
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