A great looking space can certainly attract quality tenants, but even the best rental is going to be undesirable if it lacks a reliable HVAC system. Of course, heating and cooling equipment is a big investment; however, there are some simple tips that can help tenants protect their HVAC system and enjoy a more comfortable living environment.
Change Filters Regularly
An essential part of protecting HVAC equipment is making sure that the air filter is changed on a regular basis. The frequency will depend on the type of filter that is used; however, tenants should understand the importance of keeping a clean filter in their HVAC system. You can provide filters or leave it up to tenants to purchase their own, but the filter should be changed every month or two. An HVAC system that runs with a dirty filter not only costs more to operate, but can place additional stress on the equipment, leading to premature breakdowns.
Keep Condensate Line Clear
The condensate line drains the natural accumulation of water from your HVAC system. A small line runs from your indoor unit to the outside of the building. Of course, when you have any type of environment with regular moisture, mold and mildew can pose a problem. The drain line for your air conditioner is certainly no exception. Fortunately, with a little preventative maintenance, it’s possible to keep this drain line clear and your HVAC system running smoothly. Tenants should be provided information on how to keep the condensate line clear.
Most HVAC professionals recommend using a 50/50 solution of water mixed with either distilled white vinegar or bleach. Tenants should carefully pour this solution down the condensate drain line every couple of months in order to keep the line clear and prevent a complete system shut down.
Keep Vents Clear of Obstructions
An air conditioning or heating system needs good air flow in order to function properly. Sometimes, something as simple as tenants placing boxes or furniture in front of an intake vent can cause problems. In the summer, a blocked air vent could cause the air conditioner to freeze, leaving the tenant without the comfort of air conditioning. Likewise, all vents should be open for proper air flow throughout the property. Some people think shutting vents to some rooms will help their energy bills down, but it will typically create an uncomfortable indoor environment as well as poor AC performance. Partially shutting vents is more effective than closing them all the way.