Posted on: 12 November 2014
Building a cabin or cottage with prepackaged designs makes picking the perfect layout easy, and there are a few different appliances you can choose that will help you save money over time. If you want to have another property but you are worried about the cost of maintaining a second home, make sure that you talk with a builder like Tech Home Ltd about getting a ductless air conditioning unit, a tankless water heater and an energy efficient furnace with a programmable thermostat.
These options are going to save on utility expenses throughout the year, and they are going to make your cottage very efficient.
Ductless Air Conditioning
Instead of paying to have a large central air conditioning unit installed throughout the cottage, talk with your building contractor about having a small ventilation tube installed with a ductless air conditioner. The small unit will quietly keep the space cool when needed, without a lot of the maintenance and energy expenses of a large central unit.
Tankless Water Heating
The tankless water heater is going to help in a few different ways. The unit is small and can fit under a cupboard or in a closet, so you'll conserve space throughout the cottage using this appliance instead of a large traditional tank. The water heater will heat water for your needs instantly, and it works more efficiently than a traditional tank. Water won't have to sit stagnant in a tank during the time you spend away from your cottage.
Efficient Programmable Heating
The furnace needs to be an Energy Star approved model that works efficiently, and you want to have a programmable thermostat. The programmable thermostat allows you to program the heat settings in advance, so heat isn't wasted when no one is at the cabin. If the thermostat has wireless capabilities, you can even control it while you are away from the cabin, in case there are extreme temperature changes.
Talk with the builder about improving the insulation in the package, or upgrading to a polyurethane spray foam option. You also want to consider putting a cool roofing option like metal or reflective asphalt shingles on the cabin, to help keep utility costs down. The less you have to use your heating and cooling appliances the longer they are going to last, and the more money you're going to save. Get quotes on the cabin packages you like, and make these upgrades for potential important savings.Share