This unseasonably warm summer has already brought a number of intense heat waves. Since this isn’t likely to change in the years to come, it’s extremely important for homeowners, business owners, and landlords alike to stay on top of their structures’ air conditioning needs. A building without quality air conditioners installed is essentially unlivable in many parts of the country, as temperatures reach extremely uncomfortable highs indoors and out.
Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as setting up an AC unit, turning it on, and letting it cool down the structure. If you’re running a residential property with tenants you have to care for, the task becomes even more complicated. To avoid spending a fortune on cooling costs, energy efficient air conditioning systems are important for landlords and property managers.
Here are some tips for property managers to not only keep their residents cool and comfortable during the summer, but to do so in an efficient and affordable way:
- Inspect your building’s windows — Heat gain and loss through windows are responsible for 25% to 30% of residential heating and cooling energy usage. That’s right, one-third of energy can be wasted through old windows and doors. If the windows inside your property are more than 15 years old, you could be dealing with increased energy expenses and not even realize it.
- Insulate your entire building — Insulation is key for optimizing the cooling system across a residential structure. Whether you have to enter each one of your residents’ apartments and handle individual insulation needs or address major insulation needs across your entire building, you need to make sure to insulate and air seal as much as possible.
- Focus on ductwork design — Some energy experts believe that ductwork design is just as important as selecting AC equipment when it comes to structural energy efficiency. By minimizing the length of the ducts that run throughout your building and utilizing ductwork in air conditioned areas, your structure will be much more energy-efficient. As a result, your tenants will be much more comfortable. Keep in mind that you’re going to have to seal your ductwork as well in order to prevent large volumes of air escaping due to leaks.
Though many landlords aren’t required by law to provide air conditioning to tenants, doing so can certainly improve the relationship and drastically improve the quality of life across the building.