Air Circulation Is Key In Tiny-Home Living
Regardless of the climate or terrain that you have parked your tiny house, it is important to assess the air to ensure it is being circulated properly, and that it doesn't contain too much moisture. There are tests and gadgets that you can use to measure the amount of moisture in the air, and also ways that homeowners can combat this moisture with adequate air circulation and ventilation. Ventilation is key to consider early-on in the building stage of your tiny-home, and something that merits attention as you live there.
Proper ventilation is essential in a tiny-home, and here's why:
Insulation. Typically, owners try to insulate their tiny homes to be tight and resistant to the elements. Often, makeshift structures don't have windows, which can cut down on the air-flow. While you want your home insulated, you must ensure adequate ventilation, at the same time.
Mold. Non-permanent tiny-homes may be subjected to moisture, water, and precipitation if not properly skirted and protected from the elements. This is the ideal breeding-ground for mold; mold and mildew spores in the air pose risk of respiratory illness to anyone breathing it in regularly.
Appliances. Are your tiny-home appliances properly vented? Even small-load or compact washers and dryers introduce plenty of moisture and humidity to the air. Be cognizant of the need for vents before installing your appliances.
Ionizers. Ionizers do make sense, especially in a tiny-home. An ionizer charges the air with ions that can cut-down the moisture, humidity, and water in the air that compromises the stability and structure of your home. Buy an inexpensive ionizer to improve the overall air quality of your living space.
Integrity. Moisture and potential water damage pose significant problems in tiny homes, especially those that are built with recycled or used materials. These may or may not be treated to withstand the rigors of a moist environment. Don't risk the structural integrity of your tiny home; measure the moisture in your home's air.
If your tiny-home has a loft, make sure that this space is very-well insulated and that it is also vented to prevent condensation. Summer temperatures are not the only time you have to worry about humidity in the air; heat rises which puts your attic or loft space at risk of moisture and water damage during chilly seasons, too. Check your loft-space to make sure there is somewhere for the warm air to escape.
Got a tiny-home? Protect it from damage and prevent the potential of these problems with proper attic ventilation. Talk to a contractor about improving the air circulation in your home now and avoid these issues later.