If you own Owasso rental properties, you might have had to decide for or against installing ceiling fans in some or all of the rooms. This can be challenging because many landlords know how hard some tenants can be on a rental home, therefore increasing the possibility of ceiling fans being 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. Primarily and overwhelmingly, 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. Any home feels a lot better when there is good air circulation, especially at night. If your rental has multiple bedrooms and residents, installing ceiling fans in each room lets each resident use them according to their own comfort.
Aside from helping keep residents comfortable, ceiling fans are also far more energy-efficient than central air. Areas with mild summers can benefit from a fan all year, keeping your residents comfortable. But even in hot climates, a ceiling fan is useful in helping air conditioning units function more efficiently, reducing the need to have the air conditioning running 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 lowers the strain on your HVAC unit, extends this system’s life, and cuts utility costs as well.
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. A correctly installed ceiling fan should make little noise. The noise starts when blades become unbalanced and this is what renters might not like.
The lighting quality and overall look of ceiling fans are also possible drawbacks. Cheap ceiling fans not only look cheap, but they can also make the rental home’s interiors look outdated as well. In choosing quality ceiling fans, look for ones that are neither too big nor too small for space as this could turn potential renters away. Ceiling fans are also not the best sources of light. Some ceiling fans have frosted lighting covers or exposed bulbs that can make a room either too dark or too bright. Fans that offer multi-function lighting, which allows you to change which bulbs are lit at any one time, also tend to cost so much more upfront.
There is always the potential for damage. Despite a renter’s best efforts, people or objects may hit the ceiling fan and damage the glass shades or the blades, rendering the fan inoperable. However, most landlords rarely see these happening. Usually, a good-quality ceiling fan pays for itself by making 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. With all this information, that choice might be very easy. However, not all decisions related to your rental properties will be this easy, and you might want expert advice on some matters in the future. If that is the case, consider giving Real Property Management Tulsa a call. Our Owasso 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 918-532-7020 to find out how!
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