With winter mere weeks away–and with cold and snow already hitting much of the country–it’s time to think seriously about winterizing your rental properties. Before your utility bills go up as the mercury goes down, here are some ways you can winterize your investment property in a few easy steps, and save money at the same time.
If you aren’t immediately sure what kinds of upgrades you might want to make to your property, it might make sense for you to order an energy audit. This type of audit is performed by a professional who can then help you identify where your properties are losing energy. He or she will also provide tips on what can be done to upgrade the property in order to make it more energy efficient. Contact your service provider to find out how your property can get an energy audit.
Consider Minor and Major Fixes
Depending on your budget constraints, fixes could include such things as upgrading the furnace or appliances, installing solar panels, adding insulation, replacing drafty windows, or installing programmable thermostats. The costs for all vary widely. You’ll need to weigh the costs of making the change versus the potential savings. Even a simple fix such as programmable thermostats can make a big difference by minimizing unnecessary energy use.
Make Small Changes to Win Big
If you are not in a place to make significant investments to winterizing, there are many small ways that go far in making your properties more efficient and offering a savings on energy costs. The first thing to do is to figure out whether there are gaps around doors or windows that are letting warm air get out. Caulk these areas to keep them tight. In addition, you can be sure to use energy-efficient CFL bulbs to replace traditional or fluorescent bulbs. You might also consider installing ceiling fans for year-round use for heating and cooling rooms efficiently.
Take the time to winterize your investment property in a few easy steps to prevent property damage from happening. If it’s too late to prevent the problem, call on our team to quickly respond and start to repair the damage. From fire to floods, and all damage in-between, the team at Pro Restoration is equipped and ready to assist you now. We have emergency services that provide 24 hour coverage to your investment property.
You can count on Professional Restoration to Respond, Recover and Restore your home and life back to order. If you’ve experienced flood, fire or smoke damage, call on our certified team to schedule a free estimate: 303-922-4001