Tiny homes have been all the rage over the last few years. Many homeowners are downsizing to a tiny home as a way of living more affordably and reducing their carbon footprint. Tiny home living introduces people to comfortable and even upscale living, but without all the unnecessary items that people often accumulate over the years. If you are planning to build a tiny home, you will need heating and cooling solutions, which a mini-split can provide.
Why a Mini-Split?
Take into consideration that a tiny home is usually between 60 and 400 square feet, though some may be larger and others smaller. Taking into consideration the average size of a tiny home means a mini-split makes sense. The smallest mini-split offers 6,000 BTU's, which covers 150 to 250 square feet of space, whereas you would need 9,000 BTU's for 350 to 400 square feet. Therefore, a mini-split can accommodate the small space of tiny home living.
Why Not Other Options?
There are, of course, other options for heating and cooling. For instance, a window AC can provide efficient cooling for a tiny house. Wall heaters are also something you could consider. However, tiny homes offer limited space, so you must use the areas of your home wisely. A protruding window AC or a wall heater means you must leave the space unobstructed, which further limits what you can add to your home.
A mini-split system mounts onto the upper part of a wall, which means you can still use the space for furnishings, storage, or however else you wish without obstructing the unit. Depending on the size of your tiny home, you likely only need one mini-split rather than multiple units, which helps saves space where you need it most.
What About the Cost?
In all honesty, it does cost a good chunk of change to have a mini-split installed. However, you will reap the reward of cost-saving benefits. Mini-splits are ductless systems, so you do not have to worry about ductwork getting in the way of your living space. Further, that means you do not have to worry about the cost of clogged ductwork. The sophistication of modern mini-split systems means you can also enjoy up to a 30% reduction in cooling costs compared to traditional AC units.
If you are interested in outfitting your new tiny home with a ductless mini-split, contact an HVAC dealership near you to learn more.Share