Getting your Tiny Home Winter Ready!
Winter is just around the corner, and for those considering the move to off-grid living, this time of year tends to spark many questions about staying warm in the winter months. As part 3 (read part 1 and part 2 here) of our “Winter Prep” series, we thought we’d offer a general overview of the top things you need to consider to make sure your tiny home lifestyle is winter ready!
Insulation is key
Space heaters, wood stoves, and other sources of heat will struggle to counter a poorly insulated house. Ensuring your home has proper insulation to keep the cold out should be a top priority, right from the very start of your build. Along with traditional materials like spray foam, etc., consider other details such as:
- Triple pane windows – it may seem like a bit of a splurge, but having glass designed to keep heat in, and cold, and moisture out will be worthwhile in the long run.
- Weatherproof caulking for any entrance points.
- Cover thinner window panes with material if you opt to forgo thicker glass.
- Consider installing a “skirt” on your tiny home. A skirt will help keep out cold air out.
Invest in a dehumidifier
As with any home, one of the top issues faced in the winter is moisture build up from snow and ice. Investing a humidifier will help you combat the presence of excess water in your home from things like showers, meal preparation, etc. While a dehumidifier may use a little more energy, it will help you stay cozy during the colder months.
Consider heated/radiant heating floor
While this is a larger spend regarding overall expense and power use, radiant flooring can add extra heat to your home, and prevent frozen toes in the morning.
Design your roof to help get rid of snow and ice
Building your roof with a slope that allows snow and rain to slide off simply is one of the best design assets you can have from the beginning, especially if you plan on using solar power as an energy source. If you do have some snow build up, be sure to clear it quickly and consistently. After all, you don’t want your tiny home to turn into an ice box!
Prepare your appliances
There’s nothing worse than finding out halfway through the season that your appliances aren’t winter suitable or have been damaged. You can read more about prepping your power source in our Power Source Tips blog.
No matter your climate or off-grid experience level, Fire Pit Fundamentals can help you get winter ready. Contact us today to learn more!