Reducing energy costs is a top priority for many single-family rental homeowners in Jamaica. Energy-conscious renters are looking for rental homes that can help them manage their utility expenses while keeping them comfortable year-round. To attract quality tenants and keep them happy, it is worth the few extra steps it takes to achieve ideal energy efficiency.
According to the US Department of Energy (USDE), an energy-efficient house starts with proper weatherizing. Weatherizing a rental home consists of addressing four main areas: air sealing, insulation, moisture control, and ventilation.
If you’ve ever felt a draft while sitting in your living room, you have experienced air leakage. When uncontrolled air leaves and enters a home, it can cause higher utility costs, poor indoor air quality, and moisture problems. Sealing cracks and gaps with caulk or weather-stripping can greatly improve the energy efficiency of a home, as well as prevent many other air quality issues.
Along with air leakage, a lack of insulation can create climate control problems and high energy bills. A house that is properly insulated will stay warm in winter and cool in summer. There are many different types of insulation, from fiberglass rolls that work best in attics to blown-in insulation for existing walls. Adding insulation in key areas is a big step toward better energy efficiency.
Moisture control is another key element. Uncontrolled moisture can lead to a host of problems, from mold to foundation leaks. To control moisture, it’s important to use quality materials, seal up air leaks, and to ensure that your property has proper drainage. The USDE has more specific information and suggestions at energy.gov.
After all of this, it might seem like an airtight home is the ideal. In reality, however, homes need proper ventilation to keep air quality high. In highly efficient homes, ventilation is often combined with the heating and cooling system for an effective, whole-house solution.
Ultimately, these weatherizing steps can significantly reduce energy costs and improve the comfort and air quality in your rental homes, keeping your tenants happy. Weatherizing is only a part of what Real Property Management New York Gold offers our property owners in Jamaica. We perform thorough evaluations of rental homes and make recommendations for both short-term and long-term energy efficiency upgrades. Our approach to property management is designed to keep your renters happy and your rental homes ready for whatever may come. If you are interested in learning more, please contact us online or by phone at 347-905-5770 today.
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