Not many things cause more difficulties in a Liberty Lake rental property than drafty doors and windows. Antiquated properties frequently suffer problems like leaking air and single-pane windows, all of which enormously lessen a home’s energy efficiency and makes it tiring to sustain a cozy temperature inside. However, modern homes can be forced to contend with drafts in the event that the windows and doors were set in place or secured shabbily. It’s good to know that a small number of easy renovations can go a long way for lower energy costs and improved tenant pleasure.
Bringing about an energy-efficient rental home undoubtedly does not insinuate an entire window and exterior door replacement. As claimed by the US Department of Energy (USDE), heat gain and loss because of leaky windows represent up to 30% of residential heating and cooling energy use. When looking into improving efficiency, an excellent place to start is sealing cracks, gaps, and replacing weather-stripping. There would be no need to buy replacement windows and doors. By doing this, you’ll be updating and improving them at the fraction of the cost. There are other low-cost ways to make your existing windows better at energy efficiency; these include installing window treatments or solar film.
If doing these things does not improve efficiency or the window itself is old or damaged, the USDE suggests placing storm windows over the windows you currently have as a next-level option. While it is true that storm windows cost more than weather-stripping, it is still a lot more affordable– significantly less than a quarter of the cost– than a whole-house replacement. Along with that value benefit, storm windows can increase energy efficiency nearly as much as brand new windows, lowering utility bills and ensuring long-term comfort for tenants.
When giving your reasons, make your most salient points about why investing in a whole-house window replacement plan is necessary. You may need to spend more money on them but new windows offer the highest return on your investment. Improvements in the technology for energy efficient windows have given budget-conscious property owners more and more options. Today, customized window options exist for cold climates, hot climates, and everything in between. As a case in point, choosing to install gas-filled windows with Low-E coatings can significantly reduce heat loss in cold weather, and these very same coatings will work to keep heat away during hot summer months. New windows also have a useable lifespan that is much longer than that of storm windows or the other options we’ve given. This would mean lower repairs and maintenance costs. Since there are many options available, it would be best, to begin with, a detailed rental property evaluation to assess the condition of windows and doors. It is in this area that Real Property Management Spokane County can help. We take a look at your entire property to figure out the best way to increase energy efficiency. We then join you in working to keep your expenses low and making sure that your Liberty Lake rental home is comfortable, efficient, and will continue to draw tenants. Please contact us online or call us at 509-462-1042 to learn more about how we can serve you.
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