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3 Energy Efficient Ways To Cool Your Tiny House This Summer

by April Rivera

Summer is coming up and it is time to start thinking about energy efficient ways to cool your tiny house. Part of the beauty of living in a tiny house is the opportunity it provides to reduce your impact on the environment by living more simply and making the use of green technology more affordable. If you are new to tiny house living and are not sure what method of cooling is best for you, or if you have simply been making due with an energy guzzling window air conditioning unit, there are some good options out there that are cheap to run and environmentally friendly.

Here are three energy efficient ways to cool your tiny home this summer season.

1. Passive Cooling

Passive cooling is the cheapest and most green way to go, as it doesn't involve using any power other than that supplied by nature and ingenuity. Bear in mind, passive cooling methods will only be useful in climates that don't get insanely hot during the summer. You wouldn't want to use passive cooling in southern or southwestern states. In other states, it will work just fine, as the summers tend to be more mild.

Some methods of passive cooling include:

  • Putting up high quality window shades on east and west facing windows. These windows bring in the most heat, as they directly face the sun once a day. Window shades mitigate the excess accumulation of heat and keep your house cool. You can also build awnings over your eastern and western windows to further block the sun from heating up your house.
  • Installing solar screens. According to TinyHouseBlog.com, solar screen on your windows will reflect about 90 percent of the sun's rays away from your house, which will help keep the inside nice and cool.
  • Add reflective metal roofing. This type of roofing has been used for centuries to keep houses naturally cool by bouncing sunlight off of them.

2. Install a Swamp Cooler

These are also known as evaporative coolers, and are great for climates that are hot and dry. Avoid them in humid climates. These coolers are really energy efficient. In fact, they only use about 25 percent of the energy of a traditional air conditioner.

Swamp coolers work by cooling the air in a house through the evaporation of water. The cooler changes water into water vapor, cools it by pushing it through a fan, and releases the cool water vapor into the house.

These types of coolers are inexpensive to buy and cost way less than traditional air conditioning to operate. You can install them on the roof of your tiny house.

3. Use a Mini-Split Air Conditioning System

This is the closest to traditional air conditioning you can use in a tiny house and maintain your energy efficiency standard. You can get an air conditioning service and repair company to install one for you, and to provide maintenance to it as necessary.

This type of air conditioning involves using an outdoor pump unit connected by cooling pipes to an indoor device that will blow the cool air into the room. These systems are normally designed for use in just one room in a regular-sized house. In a tiny house, the mini-split system is perfect for cooling the entire house.

The mini-split system uses much less electricity than a regular air conditioner. Because it has an outdoor component that needs to be connected to the grid, it is only appropriate for tiny houses in fixed locations, not mobile ones.

Conclusion

Now is the time to get your tiny house ready for a nice, cool, comfortable summer. Just because you're living more simply and more in harmony with the earth doesn't mean  you have to sweat your way through the warm months in misery.

Use any of these cooling suggestions to keep your tiny house comfortable regardless of the temperature outside. Call your local air conditioning contractor from a company like Redlands Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning to help you set up your energy efficient cooling system in your tiny house now, and be ready to go when the snow outside finally melts.

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