What’s the best way to get tenants to change air filters periodically?
Having just had my A/C units serviced yesterday due to my upstairs unit not cooling, Ill admit that I forgot to change my filters in some time and boy, were they
I’ve not made a note on my computer calendar to remind me to change them again in 3 months.
If I were you, I’d do the same. Make a note in your calendar for every three months to shoot a note to your tenant to change the filters. I’d also make a note every 6 months to have them change the batteries in
the smoke detector.
You could always check during periodic inspections and inserta clause in the lease that you’ll keep a portion of the security deposit if they are not kept clean (in order to recover any costs for service and
maintenance due to clogged filters).
It would be helpful for you to provide a number of spare filters of the proper size for them to use. They will be more likely to change them if they are already
There are a number of reasons for this, but among
The tenants are just going to ignore it and
not do it, even if you leave them a stack of
filters, and run them through it once to make
sure they know how to do it
There are other periodic maintenance issues
with furnaces or air conditioners that should
be handled when the filter is changed; oiling
blower bearings, for one; even if you can
coerce them into filter changing, no way do
you want them doing those things.
Like smoke alarm testing, and appliance
operability, this is a periodic maintenance
item, and because of that, it’s as good an
excuse as any to periodically enter and
inspect. There are other periodic maintenance issues with furnaces or air conditioners that should be handled when the filter is changed: oiling blower bearings, for one; even if you can coerce them into filter changing, no way do you want them doing those things tenants require effort: deal with it.
If you don’t want to deal with it, then you should hire a management company, or get out of the business.