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Top 5 Tiny House Heating Options for Winter Living

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Pros & Cons of Common Tiny House Heating Sources

After visiting and filming over 25 tiny houses, we’ve seen quite a few different heating options to stay warm during the cold months, and we thought we’d share the most common ones that people are using, the pros and cons of each heat source, and the product links below in case it helps you choose a heating option for your tiny.

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Importance of a Heat Recovery Ventilation System

Before you choose a heat source, you’ll want to ensure you start with a well insulated tiny house, and an HRV system (heat recovery ventilation) to ensure you’re always getting fresh air in your house without losing precious heat energy.

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Using a BTC Calculator to Calculate Your Heating Needs

Next, you’ll want to use a BTU calculator to enter the building volume details for your tiny house so you can find out how big or small your heating system needs to be. At this point, it’s a good idea to also decide if you want to be on the grid, off the grid, or have the ability to do both.

Heating Options for Tiny Homes

Once you have this information, you can start considering options like a wood stove, a propane heater, electric baseboard or wall heater, a solar air heater, or in-floor radiant heat.  We talk about all these options in our video below.  Hope it helps!

VIDEO: Top 5 Tiny House Heating Options for Winter Living

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Danielle is a digital nomad who is passionate about tiny spaces, living with less, reducing waste and eating plant-based food. Danielle is half of the Exploring Alternatives blog & video project. You can find more of her at www.ExploringAlternatives.ca and her Exploring Alternatives YouTube Channel.
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  • Tom
    April 22, 2018, 1:20 am

    Left this comment before, but don’t see it so excuse me if it repeats. I come here for information, not to click thru to other sites that I don’t know. If your posts are just click-bait, you’ve lost a reader.

    • Alex
      April 22, 2018, 9:42 am

      Hey Tom, sorry, info is in the video on this one but next time I’ll do a better job of including info in article format too! Thanks.

  • Alex
    March 12, 2019, 11:29 am

    Thanks, Danny.

  • Kim shelton
    August 8, 2019, 5:58 pm

    I would like to find an alternative to using propane. What are some suggestions?

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