Renters often find themselves at the mercy of the quality of the air conditioning and heating systems that their apartment came with. This can mean systems which run inefficiently, heat or cool unevenly, and run up the energy bill. You may not have control over how great your HVAC system is, but there are many proactive steps you can take to lower your apartment energy bill. Give these HVAC energy-saving hacks a try.
Everyday HVAC Hacks
The first thing you can do is have a good look at how you have organized the furniture in each room. Are the registers blocked, making it harder for warm or cold air to properly circulate? If so, it’s time for a little reorganization! This step may seem small and unnecessary, but a blocked register can significantly hinder your HVAC system’s ability to keep a room comfortable and cost you more money as your system cycles on more frequently to compensate.
Washing and drying clothes in larger loads is another easy-to-tackle hack that will lower your energy bill. While it may be inconvenient to wait until you have a full load of wash, using your dryer more efficiently is one of the many tips that the US Department of Energy notes in their fact sheet, “Top 10 Tips for Renters.” They explain: “The lint trap is an important energy saver. Dryers work by moving heated air through wet clothes, evaporating and then venting water vapor outside. If the dryer cannot provide enough heat, or move air sufficiently through the clothes, they will take longer to dry, and may not dry at all. One of the easiest things you can do to increase drying efficiency is to clean the lint trap before each and every load.”
Because apartments are generally smaller spaces, our last HVAC hack is simply adjusting the thermostat when you are leaving for the day. In the summer, we suggest setting your thermostat somewhere between 78 and 80 degrees before you depart. In the winter, try going as low as 62 degrees. You can install a programmable thermostat to do this for you at the times you leave for work. This simple measure will take the pressure off of your HVAC system, giving it a rest from constant cycling. Because apartments are small, it won’t take long at all for your system to cool (or warm) your indoor environment when you arrive home again.