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Keep That Air Conditioner Healthy

Whether you are an owner or a tenant, taking steps to help your Air Conditioner perform effectively and efficiently in the summer heat is always a good idea.

Start with these eight easy tips:

  1. Frequently Change the Filters
  2. Keep Rooms Closed When Possible
  3. Keep the Rooms Shady
  4. Use Ceiling Fans Along With the AC
  5. Keep Area Around the AC Unit Clear
  6. Keep Areas Around Intake Vents Clear
  7. Frequently Clean the Intake Vents

You can also greatly reduce the stress on your AC by using the “twenty degree rule.” While we might believe that cranking the thermostat on their air conditioner will result in cooler air blowing, there is a point at which pushing the unit further does not make the air cooler – it just uses more energy and costs more money. If it is 95 degrees outside and we set our thermostat to 70, we would be putting the AC system under considerable strain. Here is where the twenty degree rule comes into play!

The twenty degree rule states that you should always keep your AC unit at no more than 20 degrees lower than the outside temperature.

The logic has to do with how the AC unit functions. When the system starts cooling space, it removes the heat but also dehumidifies the air. When the system has to cool your home by over 20 degrees, its ability to do both remove the heat AND dehumidify the air diminishes. As a result, your AC system has to work harder and use more energy. This leads to faster wear and tear, can drastically reduce the lifespan of the unit, and can lead to more immediate problems like the unit “freezing” or completely going out. That risk is not good for anyone, especially here in the Texas heat. The twenty degree rule is an excellent way to help your AC unit run smoothly and at peak efficiency.

So let’s remember to keep the AC unit at no more than 20 degrees lower than the outside temperature.

Given the record highs we are experiencing here in North Texas, you may also consider these additional steps:

  • Setting the thermostat higher and letting the unit rest while you are away from the house will reduce strain on the AC unit.
  • Bathing and laundry can generate heat during the day. Complete these tasks during cooler times in the evening and morning.
  • Close doors to rooms you are not using. Also reduce the times outside doors are opened.
  • Keep windows covered.
  • Vacuum floor and wall registers. Get rid of dust buildup.
  • Make sure your ceiling fans are rotating counterclockwise. This pushes cool air down.
  • If you need to use an oven or stovetop, briefly use the oven hood to remove some of the heat.
  • Furniture should not block registers and vents.

Here at All County Metroplex Property Management, we are dedicated to helping owners efficiently manage investment and rental property. We are also dedicated to the comfort of our wonderful tenants.

If you have any investment or rental property needs, please don’t hesitate to call us at 469-405-7200.

We wish everyone a a safe and happy summer!

 

Renovation Ideas for Property Owners

Find your inspiration in these great tips for renovating  your investment property! Click the link for some amazing tips!

As the owner of a rental investment property, every now and then you may want to squeeze in some renovating. Timing is key! A good time, for example, might be right after a tenant moves out (if the window is large enough before a new tenant move-in).

As you plan and brainstorm any renovation, you will want to first create a cost-benefit analysis before starting any work. When you compare the projected or estimated costs and benefits (or opportunities) associated with a project, it makes it a little easier to decide which choices make the best sense for your property from a business perspective.

If you have a rental/investment property in North Texas and are looking for someone to help ease the work load, give us a ring at 469-405-7200.

Our team at All County Metroplex Property Management would love to chat about managing your rental property for you so you can relax and enjoy your investment!

Spirit of the Season

Season’s Greetings from your friends at All County Metroplex!

All County Metroplex is proud to support our North Texas communities throughout the year. As we head into the holidays, your team here at All County Metroplex is helping narrow the food gap and address hunger relief for children, seniors, and families in need through a company donation to The North Texas Food Bank.
The North Texas Food Bank right here in Plano, TX, is a certified member of Feeding America’s Food Bank Network, the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization.
Focusing on providing nutritious food to the communities it serves, our North Texas Food Bank distributes items to area food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and other programs that serve people in need. In 2021, The North Texas Food Bank provided over 120 million meals and over 30 million pounds of fresh produce to kids, seniors, and families in need.
All County Metroplex is proud to support this incredible work that helps so many across our communities.

 

If you would like to join us in donating to our North Texas Food Bank, click here.

Wishing you the Happiest Holiday Season from everyone at All County Metroplex.

Let Us Help You Find Investment Property!

Summer is winding down and school is starting up again!
We here at All County Metroplex hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful summer! As we look forward to pumpkins and fireplaces, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us for all your North Texas property management needs!
If you own a property and are looking to turn it into a rental investment, we would love to help you!
Also for our owners, we partner with local agents to help investors looking to expand their portfolio.
Please visit our website at www.allcountymetroplex.com
And of course feel free to reach out to us at 469-405-7200 anytime!
We are always excited to chat with new owners as well as new tenants.
Please visit our website for all the All County Metrpoplex information!
Thanks, and enjoy the rest of your summer!

Easy and Fun Landscaping for your Rental Property

Summer is a great time to work in the yard!

As a renter OR an owner, whether you do it yourself or hire a landscaping company to do the work, keeping up with the lawn and landscaping in a way that is easy and cost-effective will only add to your happiness with your property. Here are some ideas to get your summer planting adventure going!

Morning watering

If you are renting, find out if you are responsible for the yard or if the owner or the property manager has a landscaping company lined up. Even if someone is coming to mow, however, you should still stay on top of the watering to maintain a beautiful place.

Landscapers agree the best time to water your yard is during the early morning hours. Watering in the morning gives the roots a chance to absorb the moisture before the temperatures get so warm that the water just evaporates. Afternoon watering not only runs the risk of the moisture evaporating, but some grasses go dormant in the warmer hours, so the water winds up wasted either way. Watering in the evening hours runs the risk of damp grass breeding fungus overnight. And a good long watering every few days can be more effective than frequent light waterings.

Mowing

Regular mowing on the right settings makes a big difference in how your yard may thrive. Cutting short might reduce the frequency of mows, but it damages the grass and you can wind up with a brown yard. Mowing on a regular schedule at 2 inches to 4 inches can easily maintain a healthy yard.

Trim those shrubs

Whether you are a renter or an owner, on your own or with the help of a management company and/or a landscaping company, you’ll want to pay close attention to bushes or vines that hug your home because they can invite termites and other insects and vermin. To help prevent them from inviting unwanted critters or even interfering with a/c units or trapping moisture against the house and foundation, you’ll want to keep an eye on bushes, vines, and shrubs and make sure they are neatly trimmed.

Brighten things with flowers

If you are given the green light to plant, plant away! If there are restrictions, turn to container planting. And if you are an owner you’ll want to hear this tip for your plans! Perennials really bring the bang for the buck. Plant them once, and these beautiful and hardy plants will bloom year after year adding your touch to your home.  Perennials can also be used to control the lawn or garden border and prevent soil erosion. And when it comes to choosing your variety,  a garden can always include low-maintenance evergreens and other bushes. Shrubs like boxwood, hydrangeas, and spirea will help you build an attractive, low-maintenance garden. Living in North Texas it is also prudent to consider drought-tolerant plants that can tolerate the Texas heat, conserve water, and are low-maintenance.

 

Owners!

Low-maintenance landscaping and a little investment in a few key elements will keep costs low and make the property more attractive. In some cases renters will even pay more to rent a well-landscaped home. Many rental property owners, however, don’t think of landscaping as an investment but instead view it as a necessary nuisance. The reality is, though, that most tenants will expect/hope that a property be attractive. And on the flip-side, most owners will expect/hope the tenants will maintain the attractiveness of the property.

Don’t want to do all the work? You don’t have to. It’s just as easy (possibly easier) to set up a rotation with a landscaping company or to have your property manager handle landscaping (especially if your management company is also handling all other maintenance). Your property management company most likely has a standing relationship with a lawn care vendor who could give you a good price for the work. For a little extra in, you save a lot of time, energy, and effort, especially if yard work isn’t your thing.

Enjoy your beautiful yards in the summer sun!