Owning a summer home or a winter lodge is a great way to make sure you have a great place to get away from it all. And, it can also be an income-generator if you can rent it out.
We’ve installed plenty all over the Fox River Valley and heard from people who also have them in their second homes in places like Lake Geneva. These devices offer plenty of solutions to common problems.
For starters, we hook them up to your wi-fi connection. Now, it’s accessible from just about anywhere. You just download an app on your tablet or phone and make adjustments no matter where you are.
Now, let’s look at the difference these can make for you.
One tremendous benefit from a smart thermostat is being able to keep tabs on your vacation home when you’re not there.
Upkeep is essential for a second home. After all, extensive repairs can quickly erase any financial gains you made from collecting rent. Or, your vacation gets ruined before it starts when you show up to a big problem.
With these devices, you can:
Let’s take a summer house, for instance. You wouldn’t turn on the heat when you close it up in August. But, you need a little extra warmth in there once January rolls around.
Now, you don’t have to drive out there just to raise the temperature a little.
Meanwhile, frozen pipes are a big risk. That’s a possibility anytime it’s less than 20 degrees outside. With a smart thermostat, you can make adjustments for that too.
You can use yours to:
Let’s talk humidity for a moment. You probably know that too much or too little can be a problem. You can end up with:
Of course, humidifiers and dehumidifiers can take care of these problems. But, how do you address them when you’re not at the house?
Set up alerts to tell you if it’s outside of the range you want. Then, use it to activate a humidifier or dehumidifier that’s connected to the home’s central heating and cooling system.
You can get that with just a few taps on your tablet or smartphone. That way, no matter what the climate is outside, it’ll be perfect when you get there.
Let’s talk about something that can make or break owning a second home: the expenses.
Otherwise, you’re losing money on an investment property. Or, you’re never quite enjoying the time you spend there, knowing how much it’s costing you.
Fortunately, this HVAC solution does a lot of the work for you. They can:
It sounds like sci-fi, but it’s true! The same appliance that tells your furnace or AC to turn on and off now also knows when you’re home and when you’re not.
This is possible due to its wi-fi connection and geo-tracking with your phones. What’s great about it is that it can do the work itself.
This cuts down on the amount of energy you use treating your home. And, that translates into lower energy bills each month.
It’s especially useful for a rental property. This way, you can keep track of what’s happening when you’re not there.
Depending on how you manage it, a second home can either be a fantastic investment or a losing proposition. The right HVAC equipment can help make it a winner.
Would you like more control over the heating and cooling in your vacation home? Contact Compass Heating & Air for the latest and greatest HVAC solutions for a second property.