You’ve probably seen tiny houses in magazines, on the internet, and even around town. After all, these little houses have become all the rage. When they first came on the alternative housing scene, most people probably wrote them off as a cute novelty. They didn’t actually take the idea seriously. However, as time goes on, the benefits of living in a tiny house can start to make sense.
Is A Tiny House Right For You?
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Some people have lived in a traditional home for many years. They have successfully downsized and switched their high mortgage, utility and maintenance costs for a modest house. Their home is smaller than most people’s living room. Of course, this type of lifestyle might not be for everyone. However, if you’re looking for a way to reduce costs and you are comfortable making do with the bare minimum, a tiny house might be just right for you.
Another important consideration when deciding whether you’d like to downsize into a tiny house is where you live. Are you planning on living in your tiny house year-round? If you live in a cold weather climate, such as New Jersey, it’s important that you prepare your tiny house for the winter. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to take a great deal of effort to ensure your tiny house will provide the warmth and comfort you need, even on a cold winter night.
Heating And Cooling A Tiny Home
Of course, it’s not just the cold that you’ll need to worry about. New Jersey tiny homeowners need to also consider the summer heat. The right heating and cooling system is important in order to feel comfortable in your tiny house.
A typical central air conditioner and furnace certainly are not going to fit in the limited space you have available. You’ll need to consider other options. One of the best options for heating and cooling a tiny house is a ductless system. Not only are ductless systems extremely energy efficient, but they are also eco-friendly.
Many older air conditioning systems use a coolant or R-22 refrigerant to produce cool air. However, this type of cooling system is not eco-friendly. Additionally, if the air conditioner uses a coolant that contains hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), like R-22 refrigerant, you have another concern. According to the EPA, HCFC-22 or R-22 refrigerant will no longer be produced or imported in the U.S. as of 2020. HCFCs have been shown to be ozone depleting substances (ODS), and as such, are a Class II regulated substance. This can be a problem for anyone owning a cooling system that requires R-22 once the ban goes into effect.
Benefits Of A Ductless System
A ductless system will provide the heating and cooling you need for your tiny house. It can also lower your carbon footprint while improving indoor air quality. This type of system is also quick and easy to install. Tiny house owners will appreciate the fact that a ductless system provides quiet operation, so you won’t have to put up with annoying noise from your heating and cooling system. This is a major contrast with window units and many center HVAC systems.
Other important benefits of ductless systems include their space saving advantages as well as energy saving benefits. When you have a tiny house, space is at a premium. Fortunately, ductless systems are very space friendly. The only part you’ll have in your house is the indoor unit with its sleek profile. This indoor unit can be mounted anywhere that allows access to an electrical outlet. With the condenser located outside of your tiny house, you won’t have to worry about it taking up valuable space. Additionally, because ductless systems are extremely energy efficient, you’ll be able to keep heating and cooling costs as low as possible.
Tiny Houses NJ
When considering a tiny house in New Jersey, make sure that it is equipped with a heating and cooling system that can handle the changing seasons. Of course, you’ll need to consider energy efficiency, operating costs, as well as space requirements when choosing the right heating and cooling system for your tiny house. Be sure to talk to a certified HVAC contractor to discuss your needs.
Skylands Energy offers affordable and trusted heating and cooling services services. This includes maintenance, repair, and new HVAC equipment installations, including ductless systems. Be sure to contact us today to speak with one of our specialists.