Tiny homes and small homes are quickly growing in popularity across the nation. Many people choose tiny homes for their energy efficiency, much of which contributes to the home’s heating and cooling. When considering heating and cooling, keep in mind that these homes are different than standard sized homes.
The following are some considerations and helpful tips to ensure your tiny home is warm and cool all year long.
The first consideration with heating and cooling a tiny home is the ductwork. Tiny homes do not have as much space to accommodate a standard ducting system. Therefore, most tiny home builders and HVAC technicians opt to use smaller ducting typically used for mobile homes.
The smaller ductwork allows you to have more space because they utilize a small footprint. If your home uses mobile home ductwork, you need a proper furnace made to match the system. You can choose from different models, either natural gas or electric, based on the system you choose for your home.
The furnace needs some space to fit into the tiny home. When you construct the home, or choose from a set of building plans, be sure you allow some space to place your furnace, along with the required clearance in your area.
If you do not have nor want ductwork in your tiny home, you can opt to install a mint-split air conditioner and heating system in your tiny home. A mini-split system utilizes a small unit you install on the ceiling or wall of the home. The system connects to a heat pump outside. You have the option to install more than one indoor system if your home needs additional heating and cooling.
One item to consider when you choose a mini-split HVAC option for your tiny home is the house must be stationary. Some tiny home owners choose models which are easily moved from place to place, built on a trailer or other wheeled mechanism.
A non-stationary tiny home does not provide the appropriate amount of space you need for a safe installation of the outdoor component of the mini-split system.
You may want to consider a portable heating and cooling system for your tiny home. Choose a heating and cooling system based on your square footage to ensure your home remains at a comfortable temperature level.
A heating system can be smaller, but a cooling system should be larger. A window air conditioning unit is also an option to keep your tiny home cool. You do need to consider taking them out of the windows and storing them during the off season, which may pose a problem if you do not have a lot of storage space or if you intend to move your tiny home frequently.
Another thing you must keep in mind is safety, particularly when using a portable heater. Allow plenty of space around your portable heater with nothing hanging nearby to catch fire. If you have little floor space available in your home, you may need to consider a different heating option.
If you are ready to add an HVAC option to your tiny home, be sure to find a contractor who has experience in smaller installations.
When you are ready to install an HVAC system, please give us a call at Lakeside Heating & Air Conditioning. We are family owned and operated in Colorado since 1971. Our professional and certified technicians have years of experience and expertise to help you with all your heating and cooling needs. We look forward to working with you.