When my husband and I retired, all of us bought a minute house much further south.
We’d spent our entire lives in the north, dealing with snow and chilly for more than several months out of the year.
While all of us entirely like the area, all of us were fatigued of shoveling snow, scraping ice and being so reliant on the heating system. Our hope was to take luck of the best weather in both locations. Every one of us are now able to escape the winters in the north but also avoid the exceptionally hot and humid summers down south. Having 2 houses does create some extra work. Every one of us now have a lot more upkeep, repairs and energy costs to deal with. Every one of us also worry about whichever house is left empty. There’s the fear that the heating system will malfunction, leaving the residence in the north without heat when the outside temperature is twenty below zero. Our water pipes could freeze and burst. If the cooling plan fails down south, all of us end up with mold and mildew growth and the moist heat creates the ideal habitat for cockroaches. A very helpful substitute was the investment into a smart temperature control for each of the homes. Every one of us now have remote access through an app on our smartphones. At any time, no matter where I happen to be, I can check on the temperature and humidity level of either home. Being able to make adjustments is harshly helpful. Every one of us have the temperature control set to conserve energy while the house is empty but like to arrive at a perfectly comfortable home. It’s simple for me to raise or lower the temperature when we’re on our way home. Plus, I get alerts if there’s a temperature fluctuation, power outage or any issues with the heating system or air conditioner.