The Woes of HVAC in Rental Homes

The value of outright owning a home has dropped dramatically in my eyes.

The amount of responsibility and problems that go with homeownership are hard to square with the limited economic advantages.

We’ve been lucky. The last two home we have owned were sold for a profit. The last one though was barely profitable given the property values. Then you throw in the whole age thing. My wife and I are on the last laps of our careers and just aren’t sure that buying another house is what we really want to do. And we are both sick to death of taking care of all the details that go with home ownership. So, we have decided to lease a place for the next year. The price is right. And, we both like the fact that there is less space so downsizing our stuff became a priority. However, we have run into something that is a bit of a problem. Our HVAC unit on the rental place is just so outdated and underpowered. It’s summer here and the thing runs non stop but can’t catch up during the day. The utility bill is crazy. But, the rental office just blows us off. I have never been in this type of situation before. I have no control over what type of HVAC unit heats and cools my home. When we owned a home, we would have figured out how to replace the HVAC and moved on. Now, I am at the mercy of a rental company. I have done everything I can to help lessen the HVAC load but there is just not enough we can do. The dang thing just has to go. I am going to write email after letter and call and call until they do something. This is the downside to not owning your own home.
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