I’ve been wanting to get around to this for a while. It was very difficult to figure out how we would heat and cool our tiny space, and how to have hot water. Our builder offered some options on the water heater, but after have lived with an on-demand water heater, we decided that was the option for us. I did not want to give any precious space to a bulky water heater, space is at a premium. Also, the on-demand water heaters are very efficient. You are not heating water all day just do do a load of dishes or a 6 minute hot shower. So this was our choice:
You can get it HERE for $269.00
We moved into the home in July, it was a toaster in here. So, for cooling, we first sealed up all drafts, and caulked around windows and doors, We went with a small 110 window unit in the living room, and another in the bedroom. They work just fine, maintaining the house at 76 degrees during the day (we can get it cooler – just don’t want to waste money or resources) and 72 degrees at night. Our electric bill for the house is around $45.00 in the hottest part of the summer.
Heating was another matter. It was MISERABLE until we found our solution. As most tiny home owners know, it is very difficult to heat a small space. The idea of using portable, electric, space heaters was NOT COOL. I had nightmares of a tinderbox….. Plus, they just do not keep it warm. So, after much searching, the answer was at our local gas company. We found a VENTED gas space heater, much like this:
I emphasize VENTED because an unvented heater can be dangerous, as well as illegal in a small space like ours. I need to qualify this. Unvented gas heaters are safe and legal in many areas, but not in a 320 square foot home . I say ‘like this’ because ours is no longer available. You can get it HERE. Life was good after it was finally installed. The gas bill runs about $25.00 for 4 months a year, the rest of the year we do not consume gas as the house is otherwise all electric.
A tad homely, I will NEVER complain about our little heater. It heats the whole house. Obviously, there are logistical issues with the heat wanting to bunch up in one cozy room, (don’t we all). So we solved that issue by creating a ‘chase’ with 1 x 8 boards that run through the bathroom, and the closet. We then installed an ‘inline’ duct fan like this one":
You can get one HERE
And Now, life is good. I love my tiny home.
That being said – does anyone out there have any tips or tricks for me and other tiny house dwellers? I’d love to hear them!