Most homes are hooked up with a heating and cooling system that you can use to regulate the temperature with ease whether it is freezing in winter or burning up in summer. But, you may be buying a home in a mild climate where such systems may not be found in every home. It is likely that these homes will be passed up by many home buyers because they do not want to go without an air conditioning system. You can use this as an opportunity to save money when purchasing a home, but you may be a bit worried about staying comfortable through the year when there are warm fronts rolling through. All it takes is looking for the right features in a home without a cooling system to fix this problem.
An important feature that you will want to demand is energy-efficient windows. Without them, you will have a tough time keeping the outside air from getting inside and affecting your comfort level. It should be easy to spot out double-paned windows when you look at homes online and in person, so it is best to take any homes that do not have this feature off your list unless the asking price is extremely low. In this case, you may be willing to replace the windows if you are still able to stay well under budget.
If you want to have an easy time staying cool in the summer, you should seek out natural shade. For instance, a mature tree that shades your master bedroom through most of the day will keep the room comfortable. Also, if you decide to open the windows, the air will be cooler than other areas. It is helpful to consider where you will be spending most of your time and then focus on that area for shading. It may end up being the kitchen, living room, bedroom, or even a home office if you work from home.
While carpet and hardwood flooring are fine options in a mild climate, you want to make it as easy as possible to stay comfortable without air conditioning. So, tile flooring is naturally cool to the touch, so you can walk around in your bare feet on a hot day and feel a bit cooler just because of the flooring.
Buying a home with some or all these features will help you stay cool with ease. Contact an agent, like RE/MAX INTEGRITY, for more help.