As a child I became easily enamored with being on the beach! The sand, the surf, the crashing waves and wonderful sunshine, I knew even then that I needed to live on the beach when I was older.
It took a lot of years, but finally as an adult I was able to get a very nice property right on the water.
I come to find out that spending a few days on the beach while in the Summer is honestly way different from residing there all year round. I really understand now why snowbirds have a home up north and a home for the holidays. It turns out I run our furnace a lot more here than I ever did in all my years. You would guess a beach property wouldn’t need a ton of heating, but for about half the year I run the heat on a regular basis. All those freezing winds coming off the ocean easily suck the heating out of a property, no matter how fantastic the insulation is. Another thing I didn’t expect was the incredibly high moisture and salt content in the air quality, thanks to the sea spray! Running a dehumidifier isn’t just a nice piece of equipment to have, it’s basically mandatory! I actually have an upstairs dehumidifier and another one I keep in the front door downstairs, and I keep them both working 24/7. I honestly don’t want to sound like I’m complaining here, because I honestly do enjoy it here very much, I just rely on our Heating and A/C equipment a lot more than I expected… Even if I had to run the furnace every single day, I would still love the beach with all my heart.