Many Burlington rental property owners have to decide whether or not to install ceiling fans in some or all the rooms in their property or not. This is a tricky question to answer because some tenants can really be hard on a rental home and landlords don’t want their ceiling fans damaged or broken. But despite that possibility, there are still many reasons for you to consider installing ceiling fans in your rental properties. By knowing the pros and cons of doing so, you can decisively settle the ceiling fan question.
There are many advantages to installing ceiling fans in your rental properties. Probably the most important one is that renters want them! Some renters will not consider a rental home that doesn’t have ceiling fans in the bedrooms, if not the main living areas. A home with great air circulation is always attractive to renters. Rentals with multiple bedrooms and residents also give their residents the freedom to use the ceiling fans to their liking to enhance their comfort.
Aside from keeping residents comfortable, ceiling fans are more energy-efficient than central air. For areas that experience mild summers, a ceiling fan may be all your residents will need to stay comfortable. Even in hot climates, a ceiling fan helps with air conditioning unit efficiency, lessening the need for the air conditioning to run year-round. If ceiling fans pull hot air up and out in the summer, in winter they push warm air down into the rooms. This can help lower utility costs and strain on your HVAC unit, therefore increasing the life of the system.
Along with all these advantages, there are some downsides to installing ceiling fans in your rental properties. Perhaps the most noticeable drawback is that, over time, ceiling fans can become noisy. If a ceiling fan is correctly installed, it should make very little noise. But over time, the blades can become unbalanced and can make noises your renters might not like.
Another drawback of ceiling fans is the lighting quality and overall aesthetic. Cheap ceiling fans can look cheap and can make a rental home’s interiors look outdated. The right size is also important in choosing ceiling fans. If they are too big or too small for space, it could turn away a potential renter. Also, ceiling fans are not very good sources of good lighting. Some ceiling fans have frosted lighting covers or exposed bulbs that can make a room either too dark or too bright. Other high-quality fans have multi-function lighting, where bulbs can be lit at any one time, but this will be more expensive.
You must remember that the potential for damage is always present. Sometimes objects could hit the ceiling fan, damaging the glass shades or the blades themselves, making the fan inoperable. However, most landlords have observed that this rarely happens. Installing quality ceiling fans usually pay for themselves by making the rental property more attractive to renters.
Ultimately, the decision to install ceiling fans in your rental properties is one that only you can make. Armed with this information, that choice might be an easy one. Not all rental property-related decisions are easy, and you might need expert advice on other matters as well. If that is the case, consider giving Real Property Management Teyata a call. Our Burlington property managers can help you not only manage your properties more efficiently but also ensure that you are maximizing the potential of each one of your investments. Call us today at 206-861-5525 to find out how!
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