Maintaining a Comfortable Temperature in Your Beach House:
Beach houses aren’t always just for the summertime. When owning a vacation home in a sunny state like Florida, you will most likely have house that is set up to keep you cool. There will be multiple fans, a good air conditioning system, and tile floors.
On the other hand, plenty of people own beach homes in states that go through warm summers and cold winters. In these situations, you have to make sure your home is designed to endure any weather condition. For instance, I live in Pittsburgh PA and own a beach house on the coast of Maryland. I like to visit my beach house in any weather because it is a peaceful place to get away from the business of Pittsburgh. This means that the house needs to be comfortable in both the warm summer and cold winter months.
Two essential parts of staying comfortable in all temperatures is by making sure your HVAC system and windows are both up to date. The more smoothly these fixture run, the easier and cheaper it will be to keep your home a desirable temperature.
If you are noticing drafts in your beach house windows, it’s probably time for replacements. Newer, energy efficient replacement windows have several benefits. They keep air from transferring in and outdoors, meaning you will not waste money on heating and cooling costs. They also keep sound outside for a peaceful experience. Additionally, many people sell their beach homes down the road when they are tired of the upkeep or do not have the time and money to take frequent trips. In these situations, you want to make sure you do everything you can do to increase your home’s value in case you sell it sometime soon. People appreciate a house with strong windows that will withstand strong storms and ultimately enhance the structure’s appearance.
Make sure the heating and cooling appliances are up to date. Even if you do not opt for an energy efficient model, new models are naturally more energy efficient and can save you some money. The initial investment of an energy efficient system may or may not be worth it depending how much time you spend in your beach house. For instance, I leave Pittsburgh Pennsylvania once a month to head to the house, so it made sense to upgrade my system. If I only went during the summer, I wouldn’t bother with my heating system.