Small homes have very unique needs and qualities especially in regard to energy needs. When it comes to heating and cooling a small home, you cannot always benefit from the same systems or options that may be used successfully in larger homes. Here are some of the best heating and cooling system options for small homes that homeowners should consider before choosing a system.
- First you will want to take time to determine the overall square footage and size of your home. Only consider areas that will be heated and cooled, so this may exclude attic or basement spaces. This square footage will directly correlate to the size of the heating and cooling system your home will need. A heating and cooling system that is too small for your home will not properly heat or cool your living spaces. A unit that is too large will waste energy, significantly reducing the energy efficiency of your home and costing you lots of extra money in energy bills each month. When you use a large system that is oversized for your needs, your home will cool or heat too quickly, consuming too much energy which is also harmful to the environment over time. Larger air conditioners can also produce too much moisture, which may even lead to mold damage and mildew in a home! The pros at Atlas Heating and Air Service will be able to point you in the right direction and guide you to choosing the system that is an appropriate size.
- Consider alternative energy options. Many homeowners are switching to partial or complete solar power. Solar power utilizes the energy of the sun and converts it into useable energy for electricity in order to heat and cool a home. This is especially practical in small homes that don’t require much energy and so your small home will likely need only a few solar panels on the roof to sustain energy needs. Look into the perks of solar power such as energy and money savings, as well as rebates and tax deductions.
- When setting up your heating and cooling system, consider if you will use a duct and vent system or a ductless system. Both are appropriate in small homes, however usually ductwork will be best. Ductless A/C uses individual units in each room to help provide the appropriate amount of heat or cooling to each room based on specific needs. In large homes with varied temperatures and temperature fluxes, ductless is ideal. However, in a small home, your home will likely remain similar in temperate and vary very slightly, meaning ductwork will be the most practical. Consider what is already installed in the house first and then choose the option that work best for your needs and is the most affordable.
These heating and cooling options will ensure that your home maintains a comfortable temperature throughout the summer, winter and all the months in between! Owning a small home means your energy needs should be reduced, so as long as you use the appropriate sized system, you will keep your home energy efficient. Consider which size will be best, look into solar power heating and cooling options, and compare the pros and cons between ductless and duct heating and cooling systems.
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