If you are a homeowner, you probably know a thing or two about caring for your HVAC system.

But what if you’re a renter?

Renters typically do not hold the same level of responsibility for the heating and cooling systems in their homes. But understanding how your system works can help you cut save on your energy bill. It can also help you avoid the hassle of waiting on your landlord to schedule repairs in the event of a breakdown.

So how can you keep your rental home comfortable and functional year-round?

Follow these tips to get the most out of the HVAC system in your rental home.

1. Take Pictures & Video

Any time your HVAC system has a problem that is visible or audible, you’ll want to record the damage.

Is something obviously broken? Snap a few pictures.

Is there a strange noise coming form the unit? Capture it with a video or audio recording.

That way if the the defect does not occur while the landlord or handyman is present, you can still show them the problem. This keeps you from the back and forth with your landlord or the maintenance person who often can’t assess the problem unless they hear it themselves.

Recording the problem helps repairs get done more quickly.

Pro Tip: Try to take pictures of all your HVAC equipment when you first move in so you know the brand name as well as the original condition of the system.

2. Change Your Air Filters

Many rental homes and apartments list this as a requirement for tenants. Even if it isn’t specified in your lease agreement, you should still do it.

Clean filters will improve your air quality and keep your system running smoothly.

3. Adjust Your Thermostat

The U.S. Department of Energy recommends lowering your thermostat when you go to sleep or when you leave the house to save on your heating bill.

While it may not be worth it to lower the temperature to an uncomfortable level, going down by 1 degree can save you roughly 1% when it’s time to pay.

The same principle is true for running the AC on a hot day. If you can ease up on the heater or AC and still be comfortable, you can save yourself more money than you might expect.

4. …But Not Too Much

There’s a fine line between optimizing your thermostat and micromanaging it.

A study by Energy Star found that people who fiddle with their settings too much actually cost themselves money in the long run.

While it is good to manage your usage by only using what you need, it’s not worth it to constantly turn your system off and on in search of the perfect temperature.

This causes your HVAC system to utilize energy in short bursts, which are not efficient.

It’s much better to decide on a temperature and stick with it.

Then, when you are ready to leave the house or go to sleep, you can ease up on your usage.

These tips will help your HVAC system stay that way for as long as possible, while also keeping your utility bills low.

If you do need to call in the professionals, Walker Heating and Cooling is available to service your rental home in East Texas.

Give us a call today!