Sunday, August 12, 2012

Warmer and Drier Homes

This flu season has reiterated the need for having warm and dry homes.  Here’s a quick run-down on things you can do to make your property healthier for tenants:
  • Insulate ceiling and under-floor
  • Install good heating, such as a heatpump
  • Install fans in bathrooms, connected to light by a timer switch
  • Install a ducted rangehood over the stove
  • Ensure windows can be left open securely to ventilate
  • Provide thermal drapes hung properly
  • Provide outside area to hang clothes, particularly in wet weather
  • Buy properties which get good sun
  • Cut back trees which shade the house
  • Clean the exterior of mould and mildew and slime
  • Clear the gutters
  • Unblock drains
  • Fix any leaks
  • Install an HRV system
  • Create windbreaks to shelter the house

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