HVAC for Tiny Houses
Tiny homes are increasingly popular across the country. They are generally less than 700 square feet. While tiny homes support a compact, efficient lifestyle, indoor comfort is as important as it is for those living in a traditional, full-size house.
Staying cool in summer or warm in chilly weather presents particular challenges to owners of tiny homes. Here are some HVAC design options for maximum indoor comfort in minimal floor space:
Window AC units offer affordability as well as the option for quick DIY installation. However, window units may be noisy in an indoor environment. They also occupy a window and reduce outdoor light that is usually very critical in a tiny home with limited window area to begin with. Because window A/C units only cool the premises…You still need a separate heating option for winter warmth.
A ductless mini-split cools and heats the home without taking up window space or requiring the installation of ductwork. They are designed for small spaces such as a tiny house. A quiet, low profile air handler is mounted on a wall or ceiling. The air handler is connected to a downsized outdoor heat pump. The heat pump can be hard-mounted to the exterior wall of the house. This system cools like central A/C in summer. During winter, system functions reverse and produce heat to warm the home.
A mini-split system comes with a significantly higher purchase price than a window unit. Also, due to greater technical complexity, the system must be installed by a qualified HVAC contractor. However, the compact design, power, and energy efficiency of a heat pump provide lower operating costs and greater cooling/heating performance over the long run.
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