Oh, Baby, it’s cold outside. At least in many parts of the nation. In fact, just last week the Southeast, typically known for its milder temperatures and absence of snow and ice, dropped below freezing and saw snow in areas from southern Alabama to northern Georgia. With such winter weather comes a myriad of issues affecting our homes. In fact, let’s have a look at some of the frustrations and complications that come from dropping temps and icy precipitation.
Part of the joy of having a home is being able to come in out of the weather, turn up the heat, have a warm beverage, and watch the snow outside. We are able to close up the house. We shut our windows and door and even add weatherproofing such as shrink wrap, spray foam, and foam insulation, to them. The problem with that though is that we are causing the interior air to become stagnant. We are also trapping in moisture through our breath, our showers, our stoves, and even our pets. Odors begin to settle in and airborne particulates get locked in with us. With no air flow, we are creating a perfect habitat for germs, dust mites, microbes, and more!
Once we close our house up we head for the thermostat or the wood box next to our stove. The desire for cold-weather compensation is strong. Once we employ a heating system (especially propane) we run the risk of drying out the air in our house. This can cause sore throats, unsettled sleep, and allergies. In addition, the dry heat can encourage expansion and contraction in our pine T&G, our sheetrock, our molding, our trim work, and more. Even our floors can begin to buckle.
In most houses, the dry air then brings the idea of a humidifier to balance things out. Unfortunately, too much moisture can allow mold and mildew to form, cause condensation and steam on the windows, cause doors to stick, and just create a swampy type of atmosphere.
In short, it is important to create air movement with the use of ceiling fans or rotating fans during winter months. It may seem counterintuitive but it is the best way to maintain a warm environment without turning your tiny house into a petri dish.
Aside from this information, there are also ways to keep your tiny house utilities from freezing up or cease functioning. You can find those here. So what do you think? How can a tiny houser mitigate the extreme cold outside and the warm and cozy inside? Let us know in the comments section below!