One of the key considerations for tiny home building is the type of heating source you want to use. This heating source becomes increasingly important when you consider living in cold weather environments in your tiny home. One of the options that you may begin considering is gas heating. Here are a few things you should know about this type of heating source for your smaller environment.
Most of the options you will find when it comes to gas heating in your tiny home are stove-based. These stove options come in several forms including hybrid forms that burn wood as well as using gas for fuel. Stove options have their benefits in that they are small and can handle heating small areas. Stoves also use smaller fuel sources compared to needing a connection directly to a larger gas resource. Keep in mind that the stoves will need to be professionally installed and will need to have a fuel source connected either on the interior or exterior of the tiny home.
Water Heating Options
When you begin considering the gas heating option for the home temperature, you may also find that you can connect the same heating system to the water heating as well. This can be done with a gas tankless water heater or a traditional water heater system found in tiny homes and campers. This is a vital step in considering gas heating options, especially if you will be travelling and may not have access to increased amounts of fuel, replacement fuel, or electric resources if you plan on going with gas and electric power. If you choose to use gas as a heating option for your water as well as your environment, you will need to discuss the proper connection and installation of the system with your contractor.
Carbon Monoxide Detector
One issue that you must be prepared for with gas heating units in a tiny home is carbon monoxide exposure. With the right detectors that are placed correctly, this type of exposure is fairly easy to avoid. You can place the carbon monoxide detector at a low level in the home near the unit. This will give you a notification if there is carbon monoxide detected as soon as it is detected. You can then ventilate the area more, turn off the gas, and determine where the leak or issue is occurring.
If you feel that gas heating may be a good solution for your heating in your tiny home, contact your HVAC contractor. Make sure they have a background in dealing with granny flats, tiny homes or similar small spaces. Consider scheduling a consultation to discuss the options available to you and how the installation would work for your specific home space.