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 In Lifestyle Property Management

Winter Proofing your Rental Home

A few simple preventative measures can ensure your rental home is prepared for winter…

The onset of shorter days and cooler Melbourne weather marks an increase in energy consumption and the need for adequate heating. A few simple preventative measures can ensure your rental home is prepared for winter.

With over 40 per cent of household electricity costs originating from heating and cooling, operating your heating wisely should be a top priority. Utilising a timer when operating the gas, electric or wood heating installed in your home can ensure you aren’t paying for heat you don’t need. Setting ceiling fans to rotate in the opposite direction creates extra heat by pushing down warmer air from the ceiling, while turning down the temperature by one degree can also reduce your energy consumption by as much as 20 per cent.

If you are looking to purchase a complementary heating option, opt for an energy-efficient model that matches the size of the space it will be heating.
An oversized or undersized heater may not operate as effectively and will cost more to run. Window furnishings such as curtains can also provide an extra layer of insulation, preventing warmth from escaping.

Informing your property manager of any issues with the current heating and cooling systems ensures a quick resolution so you can continue to enjoy the warm comfort of your rental home.

Heating your rental home effectively and reducing heating costs often means keeping windows and doors tightly shut. This, combined with common winter habits such as drying clothes inside and running humidifiers can encourage condensation, potentially leading to the development of mould. You can reduce this risk by opening windows and doors whenever possible to increase airflow throughout your home.

“Informing your property manager of any issues with the current heating and cooling systems ensures a quick resolution so you can continue to enjoy the warm comfort of your rental home.”

‘The simple addition of self-adhesive rubber seals around doors and windows can keep warm air from escaping and reduce condensation,’ says John Liddell, Managing Director of The Mould Doctor.

‘When taking a hot bath or shower, run exhaust fans for extended periods to prevent build up of moisture and increased humidity levels,’ says John.

If your bathroom does not have an exhaust fan, or the current model is not performing as expected, it is worth informing your property manager to

Install one or have the existing model replaced as it is in everyone’s interests to maintain a dry and healthy home.

Tenants who take a proactive approach to maintaining a warm and dry rental property as well as promptly communicating any areas requiring attention will help ensure the winter months remain comfortable.

Our Marshall White Property Management Team can assist if you have any questions. For more information contact us on (03) 9822 8711.

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