As crisp autumn air begins to roll in to metro Detroit, homeowners and rental property owners alike should begin preparing their properties for the impending cold. According to the Department of Energy, the average household spends about $2,200 annually on household utility bills, so prevent energy and money from flowing through the cracks and gaps in your property by sealing it well, inside and out.
Noticeable air drafts are often found in doorways, which can be sealed with weather stripping, and around window frames, which should be caulked to prevent air from leaking through. Caulk is a good sealant for stationary objects, while weather stripping is used for components that move. Both items can be found at your local hardware store, just make sure you know what size or type matches your specific needs. Other places to look for air leakage are:
– vents and fans
– fireplace dampers
– the meeting point of two building materials on the exterior of the house
– where siding meets the chimney
A properly sealed rental property should be a priority for owners, as it will save both energy and the tenant’s money, leaving more money to pay rent on time and increased tenant comfort overall. Investing in a property management company that offers annual, bi-annual and quarterly inspections can be crucial in weatherizing and maintaining your property, especially in Michigan, where we experience the full effect of all four seasons.