Moving to the south has long been one of my dreams.
- My wife is from the south and we met in college.
Yet, we settled in the north due to jobs and my family. I grew up dealing with harsh winters and all the HVAC heating that goes with that. So for me, when we would visit my wife’s family in the south, it was hard for me to leave. Finally, things worked out to allow us to move to the south. We even were able to find a house that sat on 10 acres so there were no neighbors. That led us to thinking that we would do without window treatment in order to soak up the view all the time. Well, I didn’t even consider the fact that direct sunlight heating can really do a number on the ambient air inside a house. With all the windows uncovered, the sunlight heating was all over the house. I really didn’t see the effect until I got our first utility bill of the spring. Our HVAC cooling costs were really high and all those open windows were the reason. So I had some mechanical solar shade installed that can sync with the smart thermostat. That was all it took. The smart thermostat has sensors all over the house so it can tell when there is a miniscule rise in temperature. Then, it simply activates the solar shades and covers the windows in that part of the house. It’s pretty amazing really. And it is saving me a ton of money on our HVAC cooling costs. And now that I live in the south, the HVAC cooling costs are the ones that I need to keep my eye on.