How to Prepare Your Home for the Cooler Months
While the Tucson area typically doesn’t see the frigid winter temperatures that more northerly states do, temperatures can drop significantly during the winter months. In fact, low temperatures for Tucson in January average around just 39 degrees Fahrenheit.
Still, for those who enjoy spending time outdoors, Tucson’s relatively mild winters can be a nice reprieve from the warmer summers. As a property owner, though, there are some steps you should take during the fall to prepare your rental properties for the cooler months ahead.
Schedule an HVAC Tune-Up
Your tenants will be turning on furnaces before too long, so you’ll want to make sure your property’s HVAC system is in good operating condition. Scheduling an HVAC tune-up is a great way to maximize the reliability of your furnace during the winter months, which can cut down on emergency maintenance calls (and the costs associated with those).
Swap Out Your Air Filters
Now is also a great time to make sure there’s a fresh, clean air filter in your rental property’s furnace. Typically, air filters should be replaced at least once every 90 days—but exact recommendations can vary based on the type of filter your furnace uses.
Either way, a fresh filter is a great way to increase the efficiency of your furnace (thus saving on your energy bills) while also ensuring better indoor air quality for your tenants.
Close Your Swimming Pool
If your tenants are fortunate enough to have a swimming pool on the property, you’ll also need to make sure the pool is properly closed before the colder months of winter hit. Many property owners choose to hire a professional pool service to handle closing their pools, as the process can be complicated. However you decide to do it, closing your pool properly will help to protect its costly equipment from weather-related damage over the winter.
Seal Leaks and Drafts
This is also a good time to inspect your rental property for major gaps, leaks, and drafts that may let in unwanted cold air and drive up your energy bills during the winter. Caulking around windows can be an effective way to cut down on drafts, as can adding draft guards to exterior doors. A little effort here can go a long way in keeping your property more comfortable for your tenants and saving you money on your energy bills. It’s a win-win!
How to Save Time and Hassle
Feeling overwhelmed by all the steps you need to take to prepare your property for winter here in Arizona? Working with a property management company can be a great way to take some of these burdens off your shoulders.
At Bancroft & Associates, we have more than 44 years of property management experience—and we’re ready to put it to work for you. With our property management services, we can handle the details of preparing your properties for winter so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the more mild weather. Contact us today to find out more about what we can do for you!