If you’re using lots of cash in having your Argyle rental home’s HVAC system in perfect operational condition, but are still not obtaining the outcomes you desire out of the furnace or air conditioner, you could be thinking you need a new HVAC unit. What you may require is better insulation in your rental property.
Houses that are poorly insulated can swiftly become maintenance nightmares, particularly in climates with extreme temperatures. Higher utility bills and constant repair calls can rapidly drive excellent renters off. Some tenants want to remain in a home that is drafty and not able to maintain a comfortable temperature or one that requires constant HVAC work. In improving the insulation in your leasing property, you can establish a methodical, relaxing rental property and lower your tenant’s energy bills at the same time.
A house that is properly insulated is better able to endure many years of weather with less maintenance and repair. As stated by Energy Star, the right kind (and amount) of insulation can reduce outside noise, prevent pollen, dust, and insects from entering the home, control humidity levels more easily, and even reduce roof damage from ice buildup. But getting adequate insulation also signifies that you are laying less strain on your HVAC system, ending in reduced preservation and upkeep expenditures and a longer life for your HVAC unit.
Business masters assess that most homes in the United States have significant air leaks. Even small holes and gaps can mix with huge dilemmas. Eventually, these “small” air leaks are similar to having a window open each day of the year. It is common wisdom that HVAC systems cannot run efficiently when windows are open, and the same is true if your leasing property is leaking air around plumbing, through light fixtures, or around doors or windows.
The great news is that it’s not challenging to examine your rental property and determine whether or not you need better insulation. Ascending into the attic and verifying to see if your insulation is covering the floor joists or not can help. An excellent guideline is that if you can see the floor joists between blown-in insulation, you probably don’t have enough. If your loft has insulation batting, you can read the R-value printed on it or measure the depth with a measuring tape. You can then use an insulation table to decide whether you’ve achieved the right amount of insulation in your rental home’s attic.
Checking exterior walls is also not a demanding method. To see what kind of insulation you’ve got, remove an outlet cover and look into the gap around the outlet box with a flashlight. You should be able to see if there is any insulation in the wall, and even how thick it is. Be certain to reiterate this procedure for all exterior walls, and on every floor of the house. Just because the insulation is present in one wall doesn’t mean that it is in all of them.
If you discover that your rental property is not properly insulated, it is fairly economical to have more added to existing walls and attics. However, the big payoff comes with a significantly lower strain on your HVAC system and lower energy bills. Incorporating some batting to your attic, floor, or filling exterior walls with blown-in or foam insulation can help the house leak less air, making it easier for your HVAC unit to maintain a consistent temperature. Lower energy bills, similarly, will guide you to attract and retain quality tenants, who will greatly appreciate the utility savings over several months and even years to come.
Understanding whether your property requires better insulation, and then understanding what type to acquire if it does, can take a lot of time also. This is why at Real Property Management Lakeview, we will help you thoroughly check each rental property for current insulation levels and then connect you with quality home services vendors who can help you build an energy-efficient and attractive rental property. For more information, contact us online or call us at 940-323-0505 today.
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