A smart thermostat offers plenty of benefits for a vacation home. It can lower your energy bills year-round and help you maintain the property in the off-season. You’ll also have more control if you’re renting it out. And, of course, it makes you more comfortable when you’re there.
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.
One way to help manage your second home is through better control of your HVAC system. You can have peace of mind, a more comfortable home, and lower energy bills when you install a smart thermostat.
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.
Over time the thermostat learns the times when people are in the house and when they’re not. Then, it uses this data and makes adjustments on its own to keep energy use down while maintaining a comfortable home.
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:
As long as you have an internet connection, you’re connected to it. And, these models do a great job keeping track of the temperature and any sudden changes. You can make adjustments when you need them from wherever you are.
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.
Let’s say there’s a broken window letting heat out. Or, the furnace breaks down and won’t warm the place. You’ll get an alert that the temperature is too low. Then, you can fix the problem before it gets worse.
Here’s another great benefit of a smart thermostat: It can help get your house ready for your vacation even before you get there.
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?
You can do this by using your new thermostat’s built-in humidistat. This measures the moisture in the air.
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.
It’s worth noting here, too, that these units do a much better job of measuring the comfort levels in the house than older temperature gauges. They use more sensitive and more accurate tools than the old mercury-in-a-tube setup.
Finally, you can really set the scene for yourself for the moment you arrive. Imagine showing up to a winter lodge that’s already toasty warm. Or, a summer home that’s nice and cool as soon as you walk in.
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.
Then, when you’re getting close again, it brings the climate back to where you wanted it.
This cuts down on the amount of energy you use treating your home. And, that translates into lower energy bills each month.
And, you can get a quick snapshot of those savings any time That app you use to control the temperature also tracks energy usage. You can see at a glance how you’re doing and if you need to make any changes.
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.