Heat/air in extreme conditions

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Has anyone ever had the air at a sfr go out mid summer or the heat mid winter. I’m not talking about a repair. I’m talking if it’s going to take a couple days to replace. What do you do? Bring in window units or portables? Just curious worst case scenario.

Yes, this has happened to us. It can happen at any time, so best be prepared. We have 16 residential rental units and 1 short-term vacation unit.

1. First, we establish and maintain a great relationship with a reliable HVAC company. When emergencies happen, we know who to call and because of our ongoing business relationship they are quick to respond.

2. Second, we immediately respond by bringing in portable heaters and portable fans. Sometimes we bring a window AC unit and/or heat blocking curtains. 

For heating... we keep three of the oiled filled electric radiator type on hand in storage, as they have proven to be the most safe and easy for our tenants to use. 

For cooling... we have three box fans and three oscillating fans. We also have several sets of window darkening curtains that help reduce heat from coming through the windows. We can temporarily install a window air conditioner, but hot weather is not the norm in our area and AC is not required, so most people do fine with just the fans. Our tenants provide their own portable AC units/fans/light blocking curtains or do without during summer. However, one time we did place a window air conditioner in the home of an elderly tenant when we had a heat wave. He had none of his own and he was medically vulnerable, so we provided this for him.

3. Third, during extreme weather, we make it a point to check in with all of our tenants to make sure they are safe. 

A wildfire this summer brought smoke and ash into our area. In response, we kept abreast of what what happening. When local authorities advised the use of N95 respirator masks and encouraged people not to go outside unless they had to, we followed suit and handed out face masks to our tenants and passed along the advisory to stay indoors during the days when the air quality was poor.

4. Fourth, we have an emergency plan for disasters and encourage our tenants to plan for the same. We know during wide spread disasters people will need to take care of their own needs and/or shelter in place until community emergency services will be able to respond. This could take hours or days or weeks. Again, we would do our best to check in with all of our tenants to make sure they are safe and to do what we could to address their needs.

Thank you for the reply. Sounds like you are well prepared. You covered everything I was looking for and then some.

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