Hardly anything causes more trouble in a Carmel rental house than drafty doors and windows. Outdated properties are repeatedly afflicted by leaking air and single-pane windows that substantially cut down a home’s energy efficiency and makes it difficult to sustain a pleasant temperature in a room. All the same, newly constructed homes may face drafts if the windows and doors were set in place or adhered badly. In order to lower energy costs and increase tenant satisfaction, all you need to do is a few simple improvements.
Generating an energy-efficient rental home definitely doesn’t mean a complete window and exterior door replacement. On the report of 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 finding ways to improve efficiency, a good place to start is sealing cracks, gaps, and replacing weather-stripping. Your current windows and doors can usually be updated and improved by this method. There are other ways to improve the energy efficiency of existing windows that don’t cost a lot; these include adding window treatments or solar film.
If, after going through these steps, there is no improvement in efficiency or the window itself is old or damaged, the USDE says that you can add storm windows over your existing windows as an additional option. While it may be the case that storm windows cost more than weather-stripping, it is still cheaper– less than a quarter of the cost– than a whole-house replacement. On top of that, the effect that storm windows have on energy efficiency is almost the same as brand new windows, lowering utility bills and ensuring long-term comfort for tenants.
There are smart arguments to be made so that you may supply the funds in a whole-house window replacement plan. It may be the most expensive option but new windows offer the highest return on your investment. The new changes in technology for energy efficient windows have added more options for budget-conscious property owners. 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 when the weather is hot, the same coatings will help keep the heat out. New windows are also more durable than storm windows or other options, saving on maintenance and repair costs.
Since there are many choices available, it would be advisable to start with a detailed rental property evaluation to assess the condition of windows and doors. This is where Real Property Management Indianapolis Edge can serve you. We take a thorough look at your property and determine the best way to make your energy efficiency better. We then team up with you and work together to keep your expenses at a minimum while making sure your Carmel rental home stays comfortable, efficient, and attractive to present and future tenants. Please contact us online or call us at 317-420-8500 to learn more about how we can serve you.
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