Are you building a tiny house or already living in one? Is the question of how to cool the place during the warm months something you've been pondering? If you're like most people who join the tiny house movement, at least part of your reason for joining is because you want to reduce your impact on the environment. Other reasons for moving into a tiny house include saving money and simplifying your life. While you definitely want your house to be comfortable, the question of air conditioning is a complex one for a tiny house dweller, because it can negatively impact those goals if it is not done properly.
Fortunately for you, there are excellent options when it comes to air conditioning your tiny home without compromising your values. Here are the top three you should be considering for your happy tiny home.
1. Buy a Small, Energy Efficient Window Unit
If you need some serious cooling, such as if you live in a particularly hot climate, you should consider getting a window unit. In a tiny house, all you should need is one to cool the entire place quite well.
You may be concerned about the reputation of window air conditioning units as being big users of energy. However, there are plenty of new, energy efficient models on the market now. Their energy consumption is quite small, and will not raise your power bills by much at all.
Look for the smallest model you can find that indicates it is Energy Star certified (a government certification program that identifies energy efficient appliances) and enjoy a cool tiny house even during the hottest of times. Your carbon footprint will remain low, along with your bills, and everyone in the house will be comfortable.
2. Install a Mini-Split Air Conditioning Unit
This is an excellent option for you if you live in a tiny house that has a fixed location, rather than a portable house. In the mini-split system, you're getting a central air conditioning system that is made for a tiny house.
The mini-split system is an air conditioner in two parts. The condenser is kept outside, while the evaporator is kept inside. Both parts are connected by refrigerant piping. In a regular-sized house, the mini-split system is designed to cool just one room. In a tiny house, it will cool the entire dwelling.
All you need to do is find a good place inside to place the evaporator. Some models are free-standing, while others can be wall-mounted. This type of new air conditioning unit is energy efficient and popular with people who want environmentally friendly appliances. HVAC contractors will install one on a house of any size.
3. Create a Wind Tunnel in Your Home
If you're totally against traditional air conditioning options, you can turn Mother Nature into a natural air conditioning unit of powerful proportions. Its better to plan for this when you're building your tiny house, but you can adjust things if necessary after the house is built.
According to LiveReadyNow.com, what you need to do is create a wind tunnel in your home. To do this, arrange it so that there are windows on opposite sides of the house, parallel to each other. Make sure there aren't any walls between the windows, which usually isn't a problem in a tiny house.
Open the windows, and the wind will be sucked through your house from window to window, even when there is only a slight breeze outside. This cools the entire house. It works even better if your tiny house is well-insulated.
You don't have to go without air conditioning just because you live in a tiny house. There are plenty of options to keep your house nice and cool while living in accordance with your values. These are just some of the top options you may want to consider. The important thing is to choose the option that works best for you, so everyone who lives in your tiny home can enjoy the warm months in comfort.
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