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Efficient Air Conditioning Tips For Tiny Homes

Small spaces can quickly get hot and stuffy! Follow these efficient suggestions to keep your tiny home cool and comfy.

Living in tiny homes is quite different from traditional houses in many ways, including air conditioning. The good news is that you can achieve more with less, which means that you can actually cut down the power bills even while enjoying a comfortable temperature indoors. However, there are specific measures you should stick to for achieving efficiency in air conditioning for your small home.

Keep scrolling for some useful tips to help keep your small space cool.

our tiny home

We use a small window unit with a thermostat in our 130 square foot tiny home, as well as a small tower fan in the loft to help with circulation.

Think before you start

Even before you begin considering energy efficiency with air conditioning for your small home, you should think about choosing the right one for your needs. The sustainable approach is the best one for homeowners with small living spaces. Not only does it enable you to save on the initial installation but cuts the monthly bills as well.

One popular tiny house AC choice that requires a substantial investment is a mini-split. DIY options run around $1,400-1,800. Fortunately, you get a lot of bang for your buck. Mini-splits are incredibly energy efficient and multifunctional (works as AC, heater, and dehumidifier).

Consider ceiling fans

Smaller spaces cool down faster, and you can actually alternate AC usage with the use of ceiling fans. You can probably manage a few hours without the air conditioner easily when the place is cooled once. The cold air tends to stay in smaller spaces, especially if well-insulated. Hence, this is an excellent way to save on energy bills and reduce your environmental footprint as well.

Invest in blackout curtains

A smart and sustainable approach for homeowners with tiny homes is to invest in blackout curtains. All you need to do is to cover the windows with them, and the hot rays of the sun will not invade your home. The place becomes easier to cool during the summer. At the same time, the thick curtains keep the cold wind out during winter, and your air conditioner has to do less work to keep the house warm.

Keep an eye on maintenance needs

Keeping an eye on the regular maintenance needs of your air conditioner is vital, more so if you follow a sustainable lifestyle. Have routine maintenance checks and call professionals for AC repair, as soon as you suspect an issue with the system. Running a faulty unit puts pressure on the system, and even minor problems can become significant issues. Moreover, it may not give you the right temperature despite working hard.

smart thermostat

Embrace automation

Though you may be interested in everything small and sustainable, smart home automation is a technology worth considering. A smart thermostat is the best example of energy savings with automation. It lets you turn off the air conditioner even while you are out, while you can turn it on remotely when you are about to reach home so that you can have a perfectly warm or cool place welcoming you.

These smart measures can make all the difference for your energy bills while bringing efficiency in the performance of your tiny home air conditioner. And you can also contribute a fair share to the mission of sustainable living!

Cover photo from our visit to the Orlando Lakefront tiny house community

by Alexis Stephens, Tiny House Blog contributor
My partner, Christian, and I are traveling tiny house dwellers. Together we’ve traveled for 4.5 years for our documentary and community education project, Tiny House Expedition. We live, breathe, dream the tiny home community every day. This is our life and our true passion. And we are very grateful to be able to experience this inspiring movement in such an intimate way and to be able to share our exploration with all of you.

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Tiny House Lover - May 20, 2020 Reply

Having air conditioning is an important consideration. I’d be interested on your thoughts on using solar to power the air conditioning unit and other house appliances; especially as the roof area is so small.

Usvintagewood - May 21, 2020 Reply

This guide is helpful. Well informative. I’m planning to buy an air conditioner for my tiny home.

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b.atterbury - October 4, 2020 Reply

hi- a bit late to article but my thoughts regarding reducing heat
#1.reduce thermal build-up outside- this means the ground around tiny home can build-up heat during day and pump that heat into surfaces of home so shade the ground surfaces
#2. outside surfaces of home will build-up heat – west facing afternoon sun the hottest. Any shade ; awning, shade cloth etc.. will knock down that heat by about 20 degrees or more.
3. if you are at a fixed location – consider building a lifted carport roof structure over home . It’s not expensive and saves you from worst of summer heat and worst of rain and snow in fall /winter

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