The tiny house movement continues to grow each year with more people excited to try out a new way of living. Living year round though in a tiny house means you’ll have to deal with winter at some point, unless you move to a southern latitude in the colder months. Fortunately, those in the north who’ll be experiencing winter needn’t worry too much because tiny homes are surprisingly easy to keep warm.
Being so small, tiny homes are usually very easy to heat. In fact, the more common problems are overheating and moisture. Living in a confined space generates more moisture, something you’ll need to be aware of if it’s not to cause any problems. Another thing to watch out for is your water pipes freezing. Follow these tips to keep your tiny home cozy for the winter months.
Revisit your Insulation
This requires some preparation so if your already experiencing winter it’s a bit late for this. Still, it’s worth knowing just how good a job your insulation is doing. If you purchased your tiny home ready-made you’ll want to check your purchase order to see what type of insulation it has and a ready-to-buy tiny houses for sale in PA.
Batt is typically the best insulation for floors, walls, and ceilings. For best results, the ceiling spaces should be insulated with batts of R-30 or R-38 while exterior walls should be R-13 to R-21. The R-value is a measure of the heat resistance of a material. The higher the number the greater the resistance.
In recent years, spray foam has become more popular as it allows for a tighter seal. If your tiny home has spray foam insulation it will work better at keeping the warm air in and cold air out.
Skirt your Trailer
Since many tiny homes are on trailers it’s important that you apply skirting when temperatures begin to drop. Skirting is an insulating material that you can tuck under your trailer to reduce airflow and protect any exposed utilities like water pipes. There are four options available for applying skirting.
- Engineered Canvas – these are panels typically made of a heavyweight fabric that resists wind. They can be easily installed or removed as needed.
- Concrete panels – these are specially designed panels that are reinforced with concrete fiber and galvanized wire made to prevent warping in extreme weather. They can resist thaw and provide a long-lasting solution.
- Rigid Foam – this is an easy DIY solution that can be applied in a hurry. You can buy sheets of rigid foam in a hardware store and line them along your trailer.
- Straw Bales – this is the easiest windbreaker to apply. You can pick up some bales from most local garden stores and apply them around the opening between your trailer and the ground.
Protect your water supply
The best way to protect your water from freezing in the winter months is by using a holding tank. This keeps the water in your tank at the same temperature as inside despite how cold it might be outside.
If you don’t have a holding tank the next best option is to insulate your fresh water hookup. This means purchasing a heated drinking hose like the Camco Heated Hose to replace your standard hose in the winter months. This requires constant electricity, usually in the form of an exterior 120V plug.
Have two sources of heating
It’s important to have two sources of heating in case one of them fails. The best combination is an electric heater and wood stove. This way you’ll always have a backup in case one of them fails. You can purchase a simple wall mount electric heater from any retail store. For best results place each heat source at opposite ends so the heat is evenly distributed.
No one likes dealing with the cold during the winter months but with a little preparation and DIY, you needn’t worry about your tiny home getting cold this winter.