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Lean Design Blog: One small item that can save you $100 per house


March 27, 2012

I catch myself from time to time spending money on things that I just don’t need to.  Whether it’s the cool action video I think I will watch after the (wife selected) romcom,  the twenty piece Mcnugget vs. ten, or the third hot dog at Home Depot, it’s all waste – well, usually anyway.

A simple item that builders are wasting money on is the HVAC line set. Locate your air conditioning unit as close as possible to your air handler. There are a lot of factors to be aware of when locating the condenser:  noise, grade slope, etc. Take these items into consideration and optimize the line set distance. Too many times I have seen the furnace on one side of house and the A/C on the opposite side.  If this is the case in any of your houses try this quick test: If you can move your condenser unit closer to your air handler without negative ramifications then you can eliminate waste/cost.

Correctly locating your HVAC systems can easily save you $100 per house – for that kind of bread you could rent all the Die Hards and Stallone action movies ever made. Pretty sweet.

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