One of the things Leland rental property owners think about is whether or not to install ceiling fans in their property’s rooms. This question can be difficult to answer because many landlords know that some tenants can be hard on a rental home, increasing the risk of the ceiling fans being damaged. But even with that possibility, there are still a lot of good reasons for installing ceiling fans in your rental properties. By looking at the pros and cons of doing so, you can make a decision to settle the ceiling fan question.
There are many advantages to installing ceiling fans in your rental properties. The most important one being 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. Most of us do like good air circulation in our homes at night or when the room feels stuffy. Rentals with multiple bedrooms and residents also give their residents the freedom to use the ceiling fans to their liking to enhance their comfort.
Ceiling fans help keep residents comfortable, and they are far 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. And even in hot climates, a ceiling fan can help make air conditioning units function more efficiently so you don’t need to run the air conditioning all year round. Ceiling fans are designed in a way that they can push warm air down during winter, and in summer, pull hot air up and out. This can help you save on utility costs and lessen the strain on your HVAC, which helps it last longer.
With all these advantages, there are also downsides to installing ceiling fans in your rental properties. One of the most common drawbacks is that ceiling fans can become noisy over time. Ceiling fans should make very little noise if they are installed correctly. 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. Your rental home can look cheap or dated if you use cheap ceiling fans. 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 the best source of light. Some ceiling fans have frosted lighting covers or exposed bulbs that can make a room either too dark or too bright. Although there are fans that offer multi-function lighting, these can also cost much more.
You must remember that the potential for damage is always present. People or objects could hit the ceiling fan and damage the glass shades or the blades themselves, making the fan inoperable. However, most landlords have observed that this rarely happens. Installing good-quality ceiling fans more than pays for itself as it makes the rental property easier to keep occupied.
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. Many decisions related to rental properties are not this easy, and you might want some expert advice from time to time. If that is the case, consider giving Real Property Management Champion a call. Our Leland 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 910-782-4488 to find out how!
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