The tiny house movement has been gaining traction over the past couple of years. This was undoubtedly helped by the introduction of a show dedicated entirely to the design of the itty bitty living spaces. However, there is also a lot of interest in living a more affordable lifestyle. For many, living in tighter quarters is worthwhile, if it means lower mortgage payments, fewer taxes, and, of course, a reduction in utility expenses. The HVAC market is most definitely helping the tiny home movement along, by providing high tech solutions for the mobile residential buildings.
A recent article looked at how one tiny home owner, and a trusted HVAC technician reduced heating expenses to just $100 annually. This was accomplished with the use of solar panels and could be a viable solution for many of those individuals and families considering a transition to a tiny house. Unfortunately, though, there are areas of the country where solar heating is not really a possibility (there are simply too many days that see too little sun to make this feasible). However, there are other HVAC technologies that can ensure that the little space is kept at a comfortable temperature while maintaining a very small monthly utility bill.
Sensors and controls can be used to modulate the HVAC system to ensure that it is constantly running at the most energy efficient setting possible. Outdoor air temperature sensors, for instance, can coordinate with the controls in the system to reduce the discharge air or to reduce the temperatures of hot water produced on warmer days, so the indoor temperatures are maintained while consuming less energy. That, of course, means less expense the tiny home owner.
These systems, complete with sensors and controls can also be designed in a way that allows the small houses to maintain their mobility, as this is often one of the main perks of living in a tiny home – the ability to move with very little notice.