Heating Options to Consider for Long Term Tiny Home Living
Tiny homes offer you the ability to live mortgage free, on your own terms, and give you the option to make a home as unique as you are. There are some misconceptions about tiny home designs, and one of those deals with HVAC systems. There is a misconception that tiny homes can't be heated normally. The truth is there are ways an HVAC contractor can help and install a heating option that will work for you. Here are a few of those options.
BTU Natural Gas Wall Heaters
One of the benefits of using a gas wall heater is the ability to go off grid. If the power is out or if you don't have access to an electric hookup, then you can still heat the home. Most of the BTU natural gas units will use a gas or propane tank. They do not take up much room and one small wall unit can heat the entire tiny home, and the loft area, easily. You can also adjust the heat to keep it as a reasonable level without increasing your utility usage.
Hybrid Wall Mounted Heaters
Hybrid wall mounted heaters are popular with many people for a variety of reasons. These hybrid units tend to use a propane or gas option while giving the option to use wood as well. If you plan on long term living in your tiny home, while traveling, then this option may be ideal. It allows you to use the propane or gas tanks, but to switch to a wood burning option if you are parked at a rustic caravan site or similar area. The wood burning option can be environmentally friendly and cost affordable as well.
Mounted Heating Systems
Though wall mounted units are more common, there are options to have an HVAC contractor install mounted heating systems. These heating systems are generally placed under the loft area or under a stairwell or step up within the tiny home. These options do require a form of electric or solar energy option and do not run on butane or wood burning. If you are keeping your tiny home in place, and choosing to live long term in the tiny home, then this option may be ideal for your lifestyle.
These options are the more common ones available. They are also designed to take up as little room as possible in the tiny home. For more options, contact your HVAC contractor. They can help with pricing and installation.