Tiny houses are a great way to live with a smaller carbon footprint. In Seattle, they have also become a practical response to our city’s housing crisis. The Low Income Housing Institute has constructed Tiny House Villages all over the city.
Our experience is that people looking to live in a small footprint are inherently also interested in low resource/energy consumption and high space efficiency.
Laura recently discussed “small footprint” heating at the Phinney Home Design & Remodel Fair and at an LIHI event. In comparison to other heat sources typically considered for small spaces (radiant floor, radiant/convection wall heat, ductless heat pumps), radiant ceiling panels were clearly the superior solution on several accounts, including:
- no special materials or substrate required for installation
- conserves prime wall space for other needs
- heats more comfortably, faster
- low amps needed (between 0.8 – 1.6 for 240v depending on size of unit)
- no noise or moving parts to break
- efficient and healthy from production through use
- 20 year warranty