Individuals or couples who are seeking to downsize their lives are turning more and more to living in tiny homes. These very small dwellings offer all the amenities of a full-size home — kitchen, bathroom, living room, sleeping area — at a dramatically reduced size.
If you’re considering a move into a tiny home, here are some factors you should keep in mind when installing or upgrading the structure’s HVAC system:
Tiny homes accurately live up to their name — they are rarely larger than 500 square feet, and in most cases, have an indoor area between 120 and 200 feet. They are very mobile and can be easily moved on a trailer and placed in a new location. Tiny homes appeal to those who want less “stuff’ in their lives, who want to live more freely or economically, or who are interested in being environmentally conscious.
The Best HVAC Solution for Tiny Homes
A tiny home will not accommodate a full-size HVAC system and its ductwork. For this reason, the best HVAC solution for tiny homes is a ductless mini-split heat pump system.
Mini-splits consist of a heat pump that sits outdoors. This heat pump is connected to several air handling units with fans that distribute heated or cooled air inside the home. The air handlers can be placed anywhere inside the home, limited only by the length of the connections to the heat pump. They are often attached to a wall or hung from a ceiling.
Since heat pumps are highly efficient sources of heating and cooling, a mini-split will keep a tiny home comfortable at a relatively low cost.
Other Factors Affecting Tiny Home HVAC
- Insulation: Tiny homes should be well insulated to prevent energy loss and to keep heated and cooled air inside.
- Windows: Windows must be properly sealed with waterproof caulking to prevent air leaks.
In and around Long Island, Cool Power provides customers with expert heating, cooling, and plumbing services. Contact us today for more information on tiny homes and how to design an HVAC system to keep them comfortable year round.
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