If you own a vacation rental in Orlando, Florida, then you know it’s important to make upgrades to both earn and save money. These three upgrades will help save you money on your utility bills and increase the number of vacationers interested in renting your home.
An Energy-Efficient HVAC System
Most of the time, you can’t control what your vacation home renters will do with the thermostat. Unfortunately, many times renters aren’t as responsible about energy savings since they don’t have to pay the bill. Your best line of defense against spiking energy bills is an energy-efficient HVAC system. If your system is newer, then it probably doesn’t make sense to replace it. If it’s aging, then now is a good time to make that energy-efficient upgrade.
An Updated Kitchen
For many travelers, a kitchen and the ability to cook is a big reason they rent a home or condo instead of staying in a hotel. An upgraded kitchen will lure in more renters for that reason. At the very least, make sure that your kitchen is functional. Also, make sure you have all the appliances for renters. A dishwasher is typically a must for vacationers, but you can add a little extra by having a good blender, an upgraded set of knives, and the smaller necessities to cook meals in your rental.
A Programmable Thermostat
If energy usage is a big problem, you may want to consider upgrading to a smart thermostat in your vacation rental. You can watch or control the temperature remotely or keep checks on the temperature in the home. Be careful, however, because some renters might find this annoying. Another alternative would be to put a friendly note reminding renters to be aware of their carbon footprint with recommended temperature settings. A programmable thermostat prevents large changes in temperature as opposed to traditional thermostats.
If you’re ready to upgrade your HVAC system, we are the people to call. Contact E.C. Waters at (407) 603-9144 to speak to an experienced professional today.
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