Living in a tiny home comes with so many benefits. Not only is it an inexpensive option when searching for a permanent home, but it’s a minimalist’s dream home and allows you to move whenever -- wherever. These are some of the reasons why tiny homes are so popular today.
Much like any homeowner, a tiny homeowner must prepare their home for whatever weather conditions are coming their way. While most people are more worried about the winter months when living in a tiny home, it’s just as important to prepare your home for the warmer months.
Failure to do so will quickly lead to a negative living experience, which can easily put a damper on your physical, mental, and emotional health. No one wants to live in what feels like a sauna or greenhouse, which is why it’s so important to make the necessary tiny home improvements.
Before we continue, we want to mention how serious and damaging poor mental health can be in your day-to-day life. If you think you need professional help when dealing with the mental and emotional hardships -- no matter the cause -- virtual therapists are always here to help!
So, how can you keep your tiny home cool during the summer?
The last thing you want to do as a tiny homeowner is suffer through high temperatures and high humidity. If your home isn’t custom-prepared to meet these hot and humid weather conditions, you and your family can quickly fall into a state of unhappiness -- which no one wants to feel!
The good news is there are a wide range of ways you can properly, safely, and effectively keep your tiny cool during the summer. Whether you’re battling the 100+ degree weather in the west coast or the 80%+ humidity in the east coast, we’re going to detail five of our best solutions!
Investing in an air conditioning unit is possibly the easiest solution when trying to keep your tiny home cool when the summer heat rolls around. Especially since most tiny homes are no bigger than 500 square feet, you won’t need anything too high-tech or high-energy to cool it down.
In today’s modern world, you’ll have a wide range of options available when choosing an air conditioning unit. Most people opt for the window unit, but you can also choose a wall-mounted unit, a portable standing unit, or a mini-split air conditioning unit -- it’s all up to your preference!
These options won’t take up a lot of space in your tiny home, which will mean a lot to most homeowners that don’t want an eye sore to look at all day. And since you’re only cooling a small room, it won’t take a lot of energy and won’t take a lot of time to cool your wonderful living space.
The next tip we have for you is an essential one for anyone living in a tiny home -- investing in a fan. Some people prefer a ceiling fan, which helps you save space on the floor, while other people prefer a standing oscillating fan. Both are just as effective as the next, so it’s up to you!
The whole point behind investing in a fan is circulating cool air around the room. It makes an excellent addition to your air conditioning unit that we mentioned in the previous tip. You won’t need to run the A/C unit very long because your fan will help keep that cool air circulating.
Of course, another benefit with a standing oscillating fan is having it right in front of you while you sit and relax. Especially after having yourself an amazing day in the hot sun, there’s nothing better than coming home to a little air conditioning and a relaxing fan right in front of your face.
Anytime you’re trying to cool your home during the summer, the one major thing working against you is that beaming sun in the sky. Even when you’re surrounded by walls and insulation, the beaming sun can have an enormous impact on the growing temperature inside the home.
So, what can we do to avoid this from happening? Well, we do the same thing we do when keeping our car cool when it’s sitting in the sun -- block the sun! There are several ways to do this, but the easiest is by having sun-blocking shades in all of the windows throughout the home.
The windows are what allow most of the sunlight to enter the home. By closing the shades (or curtains), you effectively limit the amount of sun entering the home. Of course, you’ll only need to do this during the day or when the sun is out -- so it’s not really needed during overcast days.
This tip is somewhat connected to the previous tip, but it’s so important that it deserves its own section in this article. When choosing the location of your tiny home, you should always have the sun in mind because you don’t want to put yourself in a tough situation when parking it.
Keep in mind that the sun rises in the east and sets in the west. Using this information, you should make sure the windows to your home aren’t directly facing the sunlight -- especially when it’s at its hottest during the day. This will go a long way in keeping your home cool.
In the event you have windows on all sides of the home, you should make sure the smallest windows are facing the sun, that way you can at least reduce the amount of impact it has on the home’s temperature. You’ll be surprised by how much this helps during the warmer months.
For our last tip of this article, we’re going to discuss something most tiny homeowners -- and homeowners in general -- never think about when limiting the amount of heat that enters the home. It involves painting the roof of your tiny home white to better reflect incoming sunlight.
One of the main reasons we’re mentioning this tip is because most roofs are black in nature. While white reflects sunlight, black absorbs it. It’s a big reason why roofing in the summer is a difficult job, especially since the roof tiles are extremely hot and you’re right in the middle of it.
By painting your roof white, you don’t have to worry about the sunlight being absorbed into the home. It’s amazing how much this can reduce the temperature inside and will cause you to use your air conditioning less often, which helps you save energy and money at the same time.
When the weather conditions start to shift from cold to hot, it’s time to change the way your tiny home behaves. Instead of trying to keep your house warm all the time, you’re now trying to do the opposite by keeping it cool. With the tips above, that’s more possible now than ever before.
Like we mentioned above, there’s nothing enjoyable about living in a home that’s always hot and humid. It can truly put a damper on your mental health and start to drive you crazy on a daily basis. If this has happened to you, contact our good friends at BetterHelp for further advice.
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