Save Energy and Money with these smart HVAC tips!

Think about gravity

  • Since heat rises, the top floor of your house is almost guaranteed to be the hottest. To help get the hot air out and cool your house faster you can turn on ceiling fans or standing fans.  Utilize your fans since this is an inexpensive way to help keep your home cold.

Keep the heat out

  • Keep your blinds closed to help block out the rays and this will help you keep your rooms cooler. The opposite goes for the winter months when you want to keep the blinds open to help heat your home.


  • Make sure you seal drafty doors and windows to help you lower cost even more all while keeping you cool.

Update your equipment

  • The newer HVAC equipment runs much more efficient and will help cut down on cost as well, but this could also be an expensive initial investment that you have to consider.

Clean those vents

  • Make sure you make it a point to check and clean the vents. Dust can easily build up and block airflow so you want to try and avoid that for cleaner, more consistent air circulation.


  • Filters should be replaced every month due to them easily getting clogged and dirty. If filters are not replaced in a timely manner, it can obstruct airflow and can lead to health problems.

These are just a few things you can do to help cut cost all while keeping a comfortable temperature in your house!

Back to School Means Giving Back

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For Williamsburg on the Lake and Carriage House, two Flaherty & Collins Properties managed communities in Elkhart, Indiana, August signified not just the start of the Back to School season, but a chance to give back to those in the community.

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Both Carriage House and Williamsburg on the Lake donated items that the properties had been collecting for back to school supplies to Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Elkhart County (Ind.) so that children would have backpacks full of necessary supplies on the first day of school – which is rapidly approaching (summer, we hardly knew ye!).


We thank our Property Manager Phyllis Fields and the wonderful site staffs at both properties for getting involved and giving back!


Earth Day 2016


At Flaherty & Collins Properties, we care deeply about the environment. From the development of new projects that include groundbreaking and new technologies that showcase LEED and Green Features (read more about that here), to the more than 100 apartment communities and 15,550+ units we currently manage across the nation.

This year, two of our properties showcased our affection for Mother Earth with a resident event. Carriage House and Williamsburg on the Lake, two of our managed communities in Elkhart, Indiana celebrated Earth Day with our residents.


Over 30 attendees made “dirt cups” to pass out using chocolate pudding, crushed oreos, and gummy worms on top!


In addition, the event featured word searches, coloring pages, and planted seeds. Many had fun using ice cream cones for our pots, and everyone took a plant home to put in their patio or on their balcony. The ice cones are biodegradable and earth friendly.




We would like to thank Jim Chazel and the Comcast staff for supplying drinks, pizza and cookies for the event, as well as the fantastic staffs of both Carriage House and Williamsburg on the Lake for putting this together for our residents.




Lt. Gov Visits Romweber Flats


Lt. Governor of Indiana, Eric Holcomb, visited Romweber Flats yesterday, and our team could not have been more excited – or proud – to show off the property.


Romweber Flats was awarded the Lt. Governor’s Award for Excellence in Affordable Housing and Community Development- Rural category in 2014. The award recognized a rural affordable housing project that creatively and cooperatively improves the lives of their residents and the community.

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Romweber Flats is centrally located in downtown Batesville, Indiana and offers senior living in a convenient life style with modern amenities. Within walking distance of churches, restaurants, city parks and the farmers market, Romweber Flats is a great choice in a friendly environment. After undergoing an $8,000,000 renovation Romweber Flats is an energy efficient building that has attained a gold leed status. Romweber Flats consists of 84 apartments, with one and two bedroom options. Thoughtfully designed, these apartments offer many unique design features for seniors, helping them maintain their independence. Eight apartments have been specifically designed with residents that are physically handicapped. Washers and dryers are provided in each apartment. A central elevator provides easy access to each floor and basement that has secure resident storage at no additional cost. Romweber Flats is protected by a sprinkler system and has a central security, limiting access to residents and their guests. Residents can relax and socialize in many common areas including a movie room, an atrium room with 50’ foot ceiling, and The Big Four Café, which will be located on the first floor and will provide daily meals and will offer a wide variety of classes.

Spring Is Upon Us


Well, that went fairly well.

After fearing snowstorms and ice and cold and faces that hurt from the wind, here we are in late March and we came out relatively unscathed.

That’s right, Spring has sprung – and after a mild winter no less. So with the change of seasons, it’s a good time to take a look at your beautiful abode and perhaps do a little cleaning.

Here’s a handy guide – 10 Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Apartment that we recommendQuick preview: it’s not all about cleaning. Decluttering is a big component of feeling like you have more space.

And to help get you through this process, we simply remind you of pools.




Pools are coming.


And all things associated with basking in the warmth of the sun near a pool.

You’re welcome. Now enjoy your week and get your apartment in order!