5 Tips on Staying Warm in Your Tiny Home This Winter

by Alex ThatcherDecember 20, 2017

When You Go Tiny, Preparing Early for Winter’s Chill Is Key

If this is your first winter living in a tiny home, then you can expect it to be quite the learning experience. Living in a tiny home requires a lot of changes in one’s lifestyle in general, and this is no more of a fact than when winter rolls around.

As small as the living space can be in a tiny home, there are special considerations that need to be made to ensure you stay warm and safe all winter long. And, the earlier you can see to them, the better, because winter weather always seems to hit you when you’re least expecting it. So, here are five tips that will help you survive the winter in your tiny home.
tiny home in winter

#1: Have Two Heating Sources Available

Most tiny homes are built with mini-split systems that provide both heat in the winter and air conditioning in the summer. But, these systems run on electricity and if your electricity goes out, you’ll be left out in the cold – literally! This is why every tiny home needs a secondary, off-grid source of heat. A small wood-burning stove or pellet stove will work great as a handy alternative. Just be sure you have a working carbon monoxide detector in your tiny home!

#2: Cover Your Propane Tank With a Propane Heat Blanket

In very cold weather, propane will become too cold, lose pressure, and fail to turn on your water heater or stove. One way to help prevent this problem is to wrap your propane tank in a propane heat blanket. The blanket protects the propane tank from getting too cold so you’ll be able to weather the coldest of winters with a hot shower when you need it most.
tiny home in winter

#3: Use a Small, Electric Space Heater

Because a tiny home has such a small footprint, it doesn’t take much to warm it up. This is where a small electric space heater can really come in handy. Get one with an attached thermostat and it will kick on and off as needed so your interior stays at a consistent temperature.

#4: Stock Up on Rugs

Many tiny homes have hard-wood flooring, and this type of flooring can get cold in the winter. Laying a few thick rugs strategically around will help insulate the home and keep your feet from hitting the cold floor every time you need to move from the living room to the kitchen or bath.
tiny home in winter

#5: Bundle Up!

Of course, the tried and true method for staying warm in a tiny home, or standard-sized home for that matter, is to dress accordingly. Break out your old comfortable sweaters, sweatpants, slippers, and other cold weather clothing and just dress in layers. By dressing appropriately for the season, you won’t need to rely on your heating sources quite as much, meaning you’ll conserve energy without sacrificing warmth or comfort.

Winter is already here is a lot of states around the country. If the snowy weather hasn’t hit your area yet, start planning and preparing for it now because it will come. Start by implementing the above five tips and you’ll be on your way to enjoying a safe and warm winter regardless of what’s happening outside.

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About The Author
Alex Thatcher
Alex is a home staging guru who moonlights as a writer. She loves everything about interior design and loves working in the industry. Alex is an expert in finding what makes people light up when they walk into a room, and has made a living by creating interiors that are unique, warm and inviting. When she isn't arranging flowers or making sure she's found the right loveseat for prospective buyers, she writes about her passion — home design.