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Jun 29, 2022

How to Maintain the HVAC in Rental Homes: Tips, Tricks, and Best Practices

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When it comes to HVAC units in rental properties, there are a few key things landlords should keep in mind. By following some simple preventative maintenance tips and tricks, you can help ensure your tenants stay comfortable all year long – without breaking the bank. This blog post will discuss some best practices for maintaining HVAC systems in rental properties. We will also offer advice on when to replace aging systems and whether or not upgrading to more energy-efficient models is a sound financial decision.

Changing Air Filters

HVAC filters play an essential role in keeping indoor air clean and healthy. They work by trapping particles of dust, pollen, and other allergens, preventing them from circulating through the home. However, filters can become clogged with debris over time, reducing their effectiveness. For this reason, it is essential to change HVAC filters regularly. Depending on the type of filter, it should be changed every one to three months. The best way to determine how often to change your filter is to check it monthly and replace it when it becomes visibly dirty. 

In addition to regular changes, choosing the right type of filter for your needs is also important. The MERV rating indicates a filter's ability to trap particles, with higher ratings indicating better performance. For most homes, a filter with a MERV rating of 8 or 9 is sufficient. However, a higher-rated filter may be necessary if anyone in the home suffers from allergies or asthma.

Keep the Area Surrounding the Indoor Unit Clutter-Free

Most people know it's important to keep the area around their outdoor HVAC unit clear of debris. After all, an obstructed air conditioner can quickly overheat and break down. However, many people don't realize that the same principle applies to their indoor HVAC unit. If the area around your indoor unit is cluttered with furniture, boxes, or other items, it will impede the flow of air and make it harder for your unit to do its job. As a result, your HVAC system will have to work harder to maintain a comfortable temperature, which can lead to higher energy bills and shorten the lifespan of your unit. So next time you're tempted to store something in the space around your indoor HVAC unit, think of other storage options.

Regulate your Home's Temperature

When the weather outside is hot, the inside of your home can quickly become an oven. To avoid turning your home into a sauna, you can do a few things to regulate the temperature. First, ensure your air conditioner is adequately sized for your home. An air conditioner that is too small will have to work overtime to cool your home, while one that is too large will cool your home too quickly and waste energy. Second, set the temperature on your air conditioner to the highest comfortable setting. The typical HVAC can cool a home by 15-20 degrees - turning it down to 65 when it's 102 out will only make the system overwork itself and increase your bill. Lastly, don't turn the system off when you're not home. If you allow your home to reach the outdoor temperature, it will take a long time to cool down. But, if you turn it up to 80 when you're at work or on vacation, it will be much easier to cool your house when you return.

Preventative Maintenance

HVAC preventative maintenance is essential for keeping your heating and cooling system running smoothly. During a preventative maintenance visit, an HVAC professional will inspect and clean the major components of your system, including the air filter, blower, coils, and drain pan. They will also check for any signs of wear and tear and ensure all connections are tight. In addition, they will test the system to ensure that it is operating at peak efficiency. By getting regular preventative maintenance, you can extend the life of your HVAC system and avoid costly repairs down the road.

Replacement

At some point, every homeowner will need to replace their HVAC unit. While it may be tempting to put off this major purchase, it is crucial to know when it is time to make the switch. One tell-tale sign is increasing energy bills. In addition, as your unit ages, it becomes less efficient, costing you more money to operate. Another sign is inconsistent heating and cooling. If your home never seems to be at the right temperature, it may be time for a new unit. When choosing a replacement unit, it is important to consider your home's size and climate. You will also want to look for a unit with a high SEER rating, as this will indicate that the unit is energy efficient. Finally, HVAC replacement costs can vary widely, so be sure to get multiple quotes before deciding. By following these steps, you can ensure that you choose the best possible HVAC unit for your home.
Regular HVAC preventative maintenance is key to keeping your system running smoothly and preventing extensive, more costly repairs in the future. Make sure you are changing your air filters regularly and regulating the temperature in your home during extreme heat or cold. If it's time for a replacement unit, be sure to do your research to find the best one for your home. We hope these tips have been helpful!

At Sweyer Property Management, your investment is our priority. That's why we offer services such as delivering air filters to tenants every two months to ensure your HVACs are properly maintained. Further, Sweyer has a great relationship with the top HVAC vendors in the area who will ensure your systems are inspected and repaired by reputable, experienced technicians. 
If you have investment properties and do not use a professional management company, we hope you consider doing so. The experts at Sweyer Property Management will be happy to provide you with a free rental analysis or, if you prefer, give us a call at 910-239-1338. 
 
Sweyer Property Management is a full-service professional property management company specializing in all aspects of rental management. If you're an investor or property owner looking to learn more about our services and what a professional property manager can do for you, reach out to us today at 910.256.3031 or via our website. Sweyer Property Management has exhibited continuous growth throughout the Wilmington, Leland, and Hampstead areas while maintaining an excellent Google+ rating for customer service. 
 

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