Fire Prevention Tips to Ensure Safe Grilling This Summer
by Michelle N. on 7/7/2015 5:20:04 PM
Digested from “Resident and Staff Education on Having a Safe Grilling Season”
Property Management Insiders (6/30/15) Blackwell, Tim
Grills offer the opportunity for cooking up great summer fare, but they can also be a major fire hazard at apartment communities. Whether residents are using personal or communal grills, apartment community owners and managers should consider hosting a grilling workshop or cookout to ensure that residents are educated on property safety procedures so they can keep themselves and others safe while cooking outdoors.
Apartment community staff members should perform regular maintenance checks of community grilling equipment. This includes examining connection points and tubes for potential gas leaks on propane grills and making sure the tank and burners are turned off. If employees or residents smell gas when approaching a grill, they should know to steer clear and call the fire department.
Also, grills should be placed far enough away from the buildings to prevent property damage, with a fire extinguisher and spray bottle nearby in case of emergencies.
Residents can also prevent fires and burn injuries by allowing charcoal to cool before disposing of it.
Win a Fitbit in Las Vegas This Week at the 2015 NAA!
by Michelle N. on 6/22/2015 7:57:35 AM
The 2015 NAA Education Conference & Exposition takes place this year at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, June 24-27. Make sure to come visit Buyers Access at Booth 1423 and learn how your property can increase NOI with the Smart Advantage Purchasing Program. Enter to win a Fitbit Charge HR, get your photo taken at our Smart Photo Booth and more! To set up a meeting, please contact a Sales Director below.
Joe Graziano - National Sales Director
Phone: (414) 469-9805 • Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Diane Van Lear - National Sales Director, Northeast Region
Phone: (484) 994-4153 • Email: email@example.com
Fred Zeeck - National Sales Director, Southwest Region
Phone: (214) 636-7808 • Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Find our booth here!
What Millennials Want, and Where They Want It
by Michelle N. on 6/1/2015 5:23:47 PM
As more millennials form households and step out on their own, they're looking for rentals, but not where you'd think.
By Maggie Goldstone, Lindsay Machak, Charlotte O'Malley
Millennials were hit hard by the Great Recession, but they're starting to dust themselves off.
The Urban Land Institute released a new report, “Gen Y and Housing: What They Want and Where They Want It”, on Wednesday which surveyed about 1,270 millennials on how they’re living today.
In terms of housing and employment, many millennials are finally finding their footing. In fact, 62% of respondents indicated they’re working full time, and 27% of those full-timers are raking in between $50,000 and $74,999, with another 24% living on an income between $35,000 and $49,999.
Read more here
How Energy Efficiency Can Save Both Resources and Money
by Michelle N. on 5/19/2015 2:53:43 PM
Digested from “New NRDC Study Highlights Huge Potential for Energy Efficiency in Affordable Multifamily Housing”
National Resources Defense Council Staff Blog (5/12/15) Salter, Raya
Employing energy efficiency in apartment communities can provide benefits far beyond its intrinsic value of conserving resources, according to new findings from the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC).
For low-income residents, energy-efficient apartment homes can decrease financial burdens through lower utility costs and improve health and well-being. For community managers, energy-efficient features also provide savings in utility costs, as well as the advantages of having more financially stable residents who may seek out more eco-friendly living environments.
The study, which focused on Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia, also noted the return on investment as being roughly $2.90 to $3.50 per dollar spent to save energy.
Come see us today at the HAA Conference & Expo - Booth 325
by Michelle N. on 5/14/2015 12:28:50 PM
Come see us at the Houston Apartment Association Conference and Expo! Make sure to come visit us at Booth #325
Date: May 14, 2015 / 1pm - 6pm • 2015 NRG Center • Hall C
VIsit us at Booth 107 today at the PAA Tradeshow & Education Conference
by Michelle N. on 3/25/2015 6:22:45 AM
Come see us today at the PAA Tradeshow!
Location: Valley Forge Convention Center - King of Prussia, PA
HVAC Technician Service Announcement: National Warming is Coming
by Michelle N. on 3/19/2015 9:11:56 AM
Paul Rhodes discusses the preparation of "National Warming" and how to prepare for the heat in 2015.
~ Courtesy of NAAHQ and the APTly Spoken Blog
With all of the cold weather that we have experienced recently a Facebook friend recently posted online that she would “like to order a cup of global warming please”. While the debate still rages on about the climate on a global scale, I’d like to address a national trend that will happen sooner than many of us would like: National Warming. (In other words; that portion of the year that can turn a beautiful third floor, south-facing apartment here in Georgia into an oven.)
Even if your community is not in the “sticky southeast” portion of the country, the numbers on all of our thermometers are going to rise. Here are some things that we can do now; before it gets hot to prepare for the heat:
Log up: If your community is performing refrigerant service it is a very good practice to log all refrigerant usage, even if it is not required do to your system size. Make sure that your refrigerant log is organized for quick use by verifying the weight of recovery tanks on hand. If your property is going to use one of the new “retrofit” refrigerants be sure to have a plan for recording when and where it is used.
Supply up: Before the heat hits order the supplies that will be needed for proper service. Here’s some suggestions;
• HVAC filters (filters should be replaced as needed; minimum 4 times a year on most communities)
• Filter Dryers (for install on all systems when opened to the air and to recover refrigerant through for reuse)
• Vacuum Pump oil (Should be replaced in the pump every 10 hours of service per MFG recommendation)
• Nitrogen tank refills (To ensure Nitrogen can be run inside pipe when brazing, and to blow out condensation drains)
• Coil cleaner (cleaning both condenser and evaporating coils can save on service and increase system life.
• Acid testers (before recovering refrigerant test for acid. Separate reusable refrigerant from non-reusable and store accordingly)
Tank up: consolidate recovered refrigerant to as few recovery tanks as possible. Consider turning refrigerant in to reclaim with a local source. Check with a local supplier for where to send the used refrigerant.
Clean up: Once the temperature is above freezing, consider some “pre-emptive” cleaning of your condensing coils. This is done using a garden hose with a sprayer attachment to rinse off the outdoor coils from any stuck debris that would prevent airflow.
Plan up: take an in-depth look at the landscaping around your outdoor HVAC equipment. Are the bushes too close to the units? Minimum standards are at least 1 foot of clearance to ensure airflow happens properly (2 feet between units themselves). If the bushes are at that distance now, make sure communicate pruning requirements before growth happens in the spring. (Don’t forget about a pathway for a technician to service the equipment if needed...)
Train up: While things are relatively slow, now is the best time to review procedures for system recovery and evacuation, calculating Superheat and/or Subcool, brazing, and other skills forgotten by disuse during the fall and winter months. Consider a course on how to properly perform these and other related skills for the hot summer months.
This summer as the temperature rises... a little “UP” planning now can help us as technicians experience that “cool under pressure” feeling.
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NAA Student Housing Tradeshow Fitbit Winners!
by Michelle N. on 3/18/2015 7:05:35 AM
Thank you Scott and Laura for stopping by our booth to learn more about the Smart Advantage Purchasing Program.
For more information on how the Smart Advantage Purchasing Program can save you money and increase NOI, please contact our Sales Team today!
Net Neutrality Regulations and the Impact on the Apartment Industry
by Michelle N. on 2/27/2015 10:23:42 AM
They Did It: FCC Votes Yes on Net Neutrality
In a 3-2 party-line vote, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved net neutrality regulations for mobile and wired or “fixed” broadband on February 26. This bans paid priority for Internet traffic and prohibits Internet providers from blocking or slowing down online content. The multifamily industry and its residents depend on the Internet for online marketing and leasing, revenue management, community amenities and more.
The vote reclassifies broadband as a “telecommunications service” under Title II of the Communications Act – a provision traditionally applied to telephone companies. Critics say the FCC has opened up Internet providers to taxes and fees that will reduce investment in the nation’s digital infrastructure.
However, the regulations carve out 27 sections from Title II to prevent utility-like rate oversight. Cable companies and mobile carriers that were not covered by earlier net neutrality regulations are expected to challenge the ruling in court.
NMHC/NAA will review the regulations to determine the impact on the apartment industry.
Shared from the National Multifamily Housing Council