Summer is here and the rising heat is hitting homes with a vengeance this year. Now is as good a time as any to get your rental home ready to combat the rising temperatures. Luckily, keeping your home cool and running efficiently doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. Here are six sizzling summer maintenance tips to help you survive the summer.
1.) I'm Your Biggest Fan
Top Tucson property management companies recommend installing ceiling fans in your high traffic areas or rooms that need help moving air. Ceiling fans are a great way to keep your house and wallet cool, because fans allow owners to set the air conditioning to a lower temperature which saves both energy and money.
2.) Keep Your Fans Happy
If you've already got ceiling fans installed in your home, many Tucson property managers advise switching your ceiling fan blades as needed. The leading edge of the blades should be higher than the trailing edge so your fans push cool air down. Also, regularly dusting and balancing any wobbly blades will help keep everyone feeling breezy and comfortable.
3.) Become Air Conditioning Aficionados
There's nothing worse than having your A/C unit shut down on you in the middle of a sweltering summer! A good Tucson property manager will inspect your air-conditioner around spring time before the heat kicks in, but it's still not too late for you to make sure your A/C is in tip top shape. New air conditioning filters are a must, and if you have outdoor air conditioners they should be clear of plant growth and debris around the vents. And when all else fails, don't be afraid to call in the professionals!
4.) Seal in the Cold
Whether you're using air conditioning, ceiling fans, or oscillating fans to keep cool, make sure you're getting your money's worth! For additional energy efficiency, Tucson property management companies will check doors and windows for air leaks and repair with weather stripping where needed. This helps lock in the cold air for you to enjoy instead of wasting it outside.
5.) Let Your Dryer Vent
The U.S. Fire Administration reports nearly 16,000 dryer fires occur annually, which happen largely because dryers' vents get clogged with lint and dust! Make sure to keep the lint filter clean as well as the hose that pipes the hot air from the dyer to the outdoors. Want to save some extra money? It may not be a bad idea to invest in an outdoor dryer line to dry clothes since it's so hot outside!
6.) Guard the Garage
Forgetting about combustible or heat-sensitive hazardous materials stored in the garage is easy when you've got the beach on the brain, but it's in your best interest to dispose of these items properly. Everything from paint to weed-killers and pesticides should be stored elsewhere whenever possible to avoid possible summer hazards.
Taking the time to keep your home cool, energy efficient and safe is the best way to keep you feeling as cool as a cucumber this summer!