Ideal HVAC for Tiny Homes

The popularity of tiny homes is growing across the country. They are typically less than 700 square feet and built to be portable. Tiny houses offer a compact, efficient lifestyle, but indoor comfort is just as important as it is in traditional, full-size homes. For tiny home owners who need options appropriate to a smaller scale residence, staying cool during the summer or warm during the winter poses particular challenges. For maximum indoor comfort in a small space, here are some HVAC design options. A window air conditioner is affordable and easy to install with minimal alterations. Window units, however, may be noisy in small indoor spaces. As they occupy a window, they also reduce outdoor light, which can be a major issue in tiny homes with limited windows. For winter warmth, electric space heaters will be needed since window air conditioners only cool the premises. Ductless mini-splits cool and heat the home without taking up window space or requiring ductwork. An individual room mini-split or a tiny house mini-split is designed for small spaces. Indoor air handlers are mounted on walls or ceilings, and an outdoor heat pump can be hard-mounted to the house’s exterior wall. A narrow refrigerant conduit connects the two units and only requires a three-inch opening in the exterior wall. Heat pumps cool like air conditioners in summer. During winter, they produce heat to keep the home warm. Mini-split systems are significantly more expensive than window units. A qualified HVAC contractor must also install the system due to its greater technical complexity. In the long run, however, heat pumps provide lower operating costs and greater cooling/heating efficiency due to their compact design, power, and energy efficiency.


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