Summertime!

FSG Companies July 13th

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A few months ago, we posted a blog about preparing properties for winter. In the interest of fairness, we want to make a post about summer as well. Property owners have a few concerns specific to summer, including keeping buildings cool and comfortable, preventing heat or sun damage, and of course, conserving energy and therefore money.

Managing building environments has a lot to do with preventative maintenance and a bit to do with random chance. Keeping HVAC units serviced is the best thing you can do to prevent a breakdown. But sometimes, breakdowns happen. The best way to prepare for that eventuality is to have a quality team in place to handle repairs. A maintenance engineer provider can respond to an issue, investigate a possible cause, perform basic fixes, or contact a specialist if needed. The quicker you repair an issue, the fewer unhappy tenants and disgruntled customers you will have.

In the relatively mild Pacific Northwest, we don’t worry as much about heat or sun damage as folks in some parts of the country. Nonetheless, taking a look at window film or blinds, shading sensitive materials, and building smart are worth our time.

Conserving energy is a great idea for many reasons. It is eco-friendly, reducing our environmental impact. It is wallet-friendly, reducing our energy costs. It is just good living and good business. There are many ways to reduce our energy use, so we will highlight just a few:

*Set your water heater to 120°F.
*Use programmable thermostats and increase the temperature during off hours.
*Insulate, insulate, insulate. Then insulate some more.
*Inspect and replace weather stripping, caulk, and foam gaskets.
*Choose energy efficient appliances and windows.

So this summertime, may the living be easy. If we make smart choices, we can prevent problems, have happy tenants, and even save money.