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.