When you live in a tiny house, you have a lot of things to consider when making it comfortable as well as environmentally friendly. Most of the people who are part of the tiny house movement choose to live this way because they want to reduce their impact on the environment, reduce their living expenses, and for some, enjoy the freedom to travel and bring their house wherever they go. Things like storage, security, plumbing, and other such things are all things that need to be planned for when living in a tiny house. Heating and cooling are other concerns. If you're building a tiny house, here are three options to heat your tiny house safely, economically, and in an environmentally friendly way.
1. A Small Wood Stove
Traditional central heating in your tiny house will produce too much heat for the space and make it uncomfortable. Plus, it will give you the high energy bills you started your tiny house adventure to avoid. You've still got to keep your house warm in the winter, though. One of the best ways to get just the right amount of heat without the electric bills (or even needing to hook up to the electric grid) is to use a small wood stove.
Most tiny houses are small enough that one small wood stove is more than sufficient to heat the entire house. You can get the smallest model of wood stove available for houses, or even get a wood stove meant to heat boats. You can control the amount of heat the stove is producing by adjusting the amount of wood you put in it. It requires no electricity, just firewood, which you can chop yourself or even get for free from online classified ads (people who chop their own often have extra to give away).
2. A Propane Stove
If your tiny house isn't configured to have room for a stovepipe to go through the ceiling, such as a wood stove requires, a propane stove will do just as well. Once again, you can buy one of the tiny ones that are meant to go on personal boats and it will heat your house just fine.
Some models require a small amount of electricity to operate, while others operate independently. The choice will depend on whether your house is connected to the grid or not. You will have some extra costs in purchasing propane. However, because the propane stove is a small one, it won't take much fuel to operate it. Therefore, your propane costs should be minimal. Plus, propane is a clean burning fuel and will not pollute the environment.
3. An Electric Space Heater
In terms of initial cost outlay, this is the cheapest option, according to TheTinyLife.com. You will need to either be connected to the grid, have a generator, or be on solar power to operate it. However, in a small space, a space heater can be quite effective. All you need is one to get most (and probably all) of the house nice and toasty warm. Your only cost beyond the initial purchase is your electric bill, if you are connected to local utilities.
Heating a tiny house doesn't have to be complicated. You just need to plan for the type of heating method you prefer when you're building your house. Keep the number of a heating repair company like Aggressive Mechanical Contractors on hand, as whatever type of heating method you choose may eventually need to be serviced. It's best to not attempt to repair stoves or electric heaters yourself.
Leave it to a professional, and you will always be sure your heater is safe to use and working efficiently. Then, sit back and enjoy a comfortable, environmentally friendly warm tiny house this winter.