If the air conditioner or dehumidifier were to fail, we would receive a text message alert
When my husband and I got tired of the snow and cold in the north, we purchased a second home in Tampa, Florida. Affording a property with waterfront access was difficult. We ended up purchasing a home in need of a great deal of renovations. Since my husband and I are both very handy, we didn’t mind the work. We enjoyed making improvements that perfectly suited our lifestyle. We were simply happy to have the opportunity to live in such a gorgeous area of the country. While there is a great deal of rain in Tampa, there are also plenty of blue skies and sunshine. The temperature climbs into the eighties or eighties for the majority of the year. There are, however, some chilly nights over the winter that require heating. Another issue is the year round humidity. Our remodeling project included new windows, adding insulation to walls and ceilings and installing ceiling fans. We also invested into a new electric heat pump and duct sealing. The expense of these upgrades has been recovered through lower energy bills. One of the best decisions we made was to pay a bit more for zone control and smart thermostats. Through an app on our phone, we are able to adjust heating and cooling according to the requirements and occupancy of each particular room. Not only does this feature help with comfort and energy efficiency while we are in residence, it proves invaluable when we are up north over the summer. With remote access, we can easily make sure that the indoor temperature is right where it should be. If the air conditioner or dehumidifier were to fail, we would receive a text message alert. We get notified if there is a power outage and receive reminders to schedule maintenance and replace air filters.