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3 Ways To Safely Heat Your Tiny House In The Winter

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Are you building a tiny house? It's a growing movement among people who want to live more cheaply, more simply, and with less impact on the environment. There are even TV shows about tiny house living now. With the movement becoming so popular, you are not alone in joining it, and are in good company. Whether you decide to build a tiny house in a fixed location or make a portable one you can travel with anywhere you want to go, one concern you will need to address in the building phase is how you will safely heat the house during the winter. Here are three methods that work well for most tiny houses.

1. Use a Wood Stove

Most wood stoves provide enough heat to keep an entire tiny house toasty warm even in the coldest of months. You don't even have to get a very big one. A wood stove that is only twelve inches wide and nineteen inches deep will provide plenty of heat in most tiny houses.

Cast iron models ensure complete safety, and a low power bill in the winter. As long as you have access to an ample supply of firewood (either chopping it yourself or having a source nearby where you can pick it up), you will have everything you need to keep your house warm in the safest, most economical way.

2. Get an Infrared Heater

These are electric powered heaters that look like traditional space heaters, but are much more energy efficient. Your power bills will be very reasonable with an infrared heater, and you will be able to control the temperature in the house much more finely than with a wood stove.

Infrared heaters come in small, medium, and large sizes, but a small one will likely do for most tiny houses. You can also choose from a variety of styles and designs, so you can find one that fits in perfectly with your home's decor. Used creatively, an infrared heater can look just like a piece of interesting furniture, such as a side table.

3. Install a Propane Heater

If your tiny house is in a fixed location and won't be portable, a propane heater is an excellent option. You will need to take the propane heater into consideration when building he house, because you will have to have a hole in the roof to accommodate the stove pipe. You will also need a propane tank in back of your house that is attached to the heater through the wall.

You can use propane very inexpensively in a tiny house, because you won't be using much. According to TinyHouseBuild.com, they don't require electricity to operate, so you won't have to be connected to the grid just to get heat in the winter if you want to operate your home off the grid.

Propane stoves make excellent environmental heating options that can safely and easily heat an entire tiny house. Just make sure you get a small one, as a medium or larger one will produce too much heat.

If you need assistance with installing a propane heater, HVAC services can come out and do it for you. It is actually better to get HVAC professionals to do it, since they will ensure it is installed in the safest manner possible.

Conclusion

Heating a tiny house is actually easier than air conditioning one in the summer. Your options are more plentiful and more environmentally friendly. Just make sure you use the safest models, preferably ones that can securely be left on overnight if needed. Then, enjoy the warmth while the cold wind blows outside. And even for your tiny home, if you run into any troubles, don't hesitate to contact a professional, such as All American Air & Electric, Inc. 

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25 February 2015