Do you have a summer cottage that you don't use from the fall to spring, and you don't want to worry about checking on it after everything has been winterized? If so, there are some appliances you can install to help make the property more efficient, and to reduce worry and maintenance.
Heating the house and water is often the main concern when the temperatures drop, but you don't need these amenities when the cottage is closed up for the winter. Here are couple of things you'll want to consider installing in the property.
Geothermal Heat Pump
The geothermal heat pump doesn't use gas, so you don't have to worry about potential gas leaks or complications when heating the space or when you're gone. The pump also air conditions the house by taking out warm air and humidity, so you don't have to worry about a central air conditioner that's left outside all winter. The pump cools and heats efficiently, and it can be used in place of a furnace and air conditioner, so you only have one appliance to worry about instead of two. Heating and cooling the air with this appliance will be very efficient compared to the old furnace and central air unit you used.
Tankless Water Heater
A traditional water heater uses gas or electricity to heat water constantly, and it stores gallons of water in the tank all the time. If there is a leak while you're gone you could come back to a flooded house. If the temperature gets too cold in the cottage and the water in the tank freezes, it will expand and warp the traditional tank. With a tankless water heater there is no stored water and the heater only heats water when it's needed. You can have more than one installed if you need hot water in different ends of the cottage to improve efficiency even more.
Updating the cottage and adding these great modern appliances doesn't just save you money when it comes to appliances, but it makes it easier to winterize your cottage in the fall. It should also improve the value of your cottage, and removing the furnace and hot water tank from the property could lower your insurance rates, since these are at the risk of a gas related problem or flooding. Talk with a local HVAC contractor about making these changes in your space, and enjoy the money savings benefits after. Contact a business, such as Smedley & Associates, Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning, for more information.Share
3 March 2016
When our air conditioner broke last year, I was fairly confident that we would be left trying to choose a similar system for a bunch of money. However, our friend who works as a general contractor explained that there were all kinds of neat advances in HVAC systems that might help us out. He explained that we might be able to enjoy a quieter system or one that filters our indoor air more effectively. We liked the sound of that, so we started shopping for a new system. After finding an air conditioner that was perfect for our place, we started this blog to educate other homeowners about new technology.