If you live in a Tiny House on Wheels (THoW) and reside in a colder climate, you know how challenging it can be to keep it warm in the winter months. So here are 5 quick tips to help you stay warm and reduce your heating bill this summer:
- Use Skirting Under Your THoW – by placing a barrier around your tiny house you can reduce the amount wind and cold air that penetrates it. You can use something as heavy as cinder blocks or something as simple and light as plastic sheeting. in most cases, the heavier the barrier, the higher its insulative value.
- Block Your Windows – You can use a product like a hang-and-shrink plastic on the windows to reduce drafts and heat loss. Even triple pane windows cause heat loss, so plastic can help keep you warmer. You can also hang blankets or other fabric over the windows to help insulate your windows and prevent heat loss.
- Use Subfloor Heating – If you have access to the under-flooring, you can add heating element under your flooring which will help you dramatically raise the temperature of your house. Best of all, it can be a very cost effective solution, especially in a mall space. The next best thing to a heated subfloor is to add a heavy rug to cover the floor. This can help insulate the floor and is more comfortable in bare feet.
- Insulate All Openings and Access Points – You can purchase pre-cut foam insulation for electrical outlets and light switches. They are are easy to install and can help prevent drafts and heat loss. Exterior doors and storage hatches can be packed with insulation and sealed to help keep the interior of your house nice and toasty! Make sure all door and windows have weatherstripping and are properly caulked.
- Use an Energy Efficient Space Heater – Oil-filled electric space heaters work great to keep small spaces nice and warm. Ceramic electric heaters can work well too. If you are off-grid, you can use a vent-less propane heater.
Do you have any tips or tricks for winterizing a THoW? We’d love to hear from you! In the meantime, think spring and think tiny!