Harsh winter weather is natural in several northern areas. But even states with milder winters can get hit with excessive cold from time to time. As intense weather and climate events continue to increase, Aurora rental property owners need to know how to get their rental homes protected when the next polar vortex strikes.
There is a wide variety of options to prepare a rental house for extreme cold. From small projects to the bigger renovations, in this article, we’ll take a look at cost-effective ways to get your rental home ready to withstand anything Mother Nature may bring.
One of the simplest ways to get ready for an extreme cold weather event is to enlist your tenants to help you. Perhaps the ideal approach to prevent pipes from freezing and bursting (and flooding your rental property!) is to leave the water dripping at all times. Give your tenants an example and explain how to run the taps in your rental house during a cold-weather event.
In addition, it is necessary to teach your resident where the main water shut-off valve is located and how to operate it. In the occurrence of a water leak, you can avoid massive damage by getting the water turned off sooner rather than later. To conclude, protect hose bibs and other exposed plumbing by covering them with insulation or pipe wraps. Employing these straightforward steps makes it is generally possible to keep the water on and your rental property free of water damage even during a severe cold snap.
If you’ve got the small projects in hand but want to take the next step, there are a couple of additional projects that can have a great impact on how well your rental property outlasts the next cold weather event. If your rental house doesn’t already have them, consider installing double-pane windows.
Not only are double-pane windows more energy-efficient, but they will also help prevent extreme cold air from leaking into the house at a time when the furnace is already working overtime to keep things comfortable. Moreover, your rental home may definitely benefit from more energy-efficient doors. For instance, simply replacing a hollow-core exterior door for one that is insulated can dramatically improve energy efficiency. In cold temperatures, even minor improvements in energy efficiency can have a huge influence on your utility bill – not to mention your tenant’s comfort levels.
To get your rental house as secure as it can be for extreme cold weather, there are also a few large projects that, if possible, will dramatically improve your property’s performance. For example, if you’ve been using electric heat, try switching to natural gas. On the whole, natural gas furnaces are more efficient and easier on the budget than electric ones. Additionally, if the power does go out during a cold-weather event, your rental home will still have heat.
One more large project to try is to add insulation to your rental property’s attic, walls, or foundation. This might be especially critical if your rental property is older or has never been updated since insulation standards have changed over the years. It’s a good idea to inspect your property’s current insulation levels and increase them if low. Numerous kinds of blow-in or spray-in insulation can help improve the structure’s energy efficiency without requiring major demolition or disturbing your tenants’ lives.
With projects for every rental property and budget, there are approaches you can take to get your rental house ready in the event of a polar vortex. With extreme weather on the rise, the best way to be prepared is to start getting your rental house ready long before the cold arrives.
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