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Five Energy-Efficient Ways to Keep Your Waco Rental Property Cool this Summer

Let’s face it: summer in Waco, TX is hot, making the need for efficient, cost-effective AC a given. Whether you pay your tenant’s utility bills, or they pay for their utilities themselves, remaining energy-efficient during the summer benefits both you and your tenant by reducing monthly utility expenses as well as maintenance costs.

Here are five simple ways you can keep your Waco rental property energy efficient and cool this summer:

1. Seal any cracks and openings around doors and windows.

If there are any cracks in between doors or windows, cool air will escape, and warm air will enter, making your AC unit work twice as hard. Prior to the summer months, it is best to seal up any cracks (using caulk if possible) to ensure that the cold air stays in and warm air stays out. This is also important to do in the winter since it keeps warm air in and cold air out. Plus, it is relatively easy and inexpensive.

2. Schedule preventative maintenance.

It is important to schedule preventative maintenance services at the start of the summer to ensure that your AC unit is in perfect working condition. This could prevent any major issues down the road, saving you a pretty penny long-term. Remember, it is always best to identify an issue before it becomes a significant problem, especially when you are dealing with dangerous heat levels. Your tenants will be most appreciative!

3. Add shutters, solar screens, or awnings to windows.

If your windows are newer, they are likely insulated in a way to ensure your home stays the temperature you want. But, if they are older, sunlight will beat through, affecting your rental home’s ability to keep cool, regardless of your AC temperature. Some homeowners combat this by installing shutters, solar screens, or awnings to prevent sunlight from beaming through, while others choose to purchase and install new windows altogether.

4. Plant trees around your Waco, TX rental property.

Trees and shrubbery are an excellent, natural, and cost-effective way to keep your property cooler through the summer months by providing shade and respite from the sun. When planting trees, be sure to stay far away from any plumbing lines so that you do not have an issue with the roots as they begin to grow.

5. Consider having new insulation installed.

Though updating insulation can be a little expensive, it will last numerous years and prove to be a valuable investment for both the summer and winter months. Your maintenance technician may be able to offer you a deal on materials and installation as part of a semi-annual promotion, so be sure to inquire during your preventative maintenance appointment.

As a locally owned and operated Property Management Company here in Waco, TX, we have over 30 years of experience ensuring our landlord’s properties run efficiently. Our comprehensive services include lease administration, rent collection, property maintenance, marketing, and more. We would love to hear from you! Feel free to give us a call today: 254-651-0576.

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